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I. Greco-Roman Antiquity – II. The Orthodox Church – III. Practical Theology

I. Greco-Roman Antiquity

Mystagogical theology is a useful term for the doctrine of the so-called “Platonic underworld,” the main features of which are: a dualistic view of the cosmos (Dualism); a clear distinction between an absolutely good supreme being and an often feminine demiurgical principle; a negative view of material existence; a fundamental change from ph…

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Gordon, Richard L., Felmy, Karl Christian and Tebartz-van Elst, Franz-Peter, “Mystagogy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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