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Numerology
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I. History of Religions

Numerology (or number symbolism) is a central feature of all religions and cultures. The orderly structure of arithmetic serves as a model for observed or postulated relationships in space and time. The relationality or even harmony of numerology evokes meaning and order. The symbolism of numbers reduces the complexity of reality and provides meaning (N. Luhmann). In the face of chaos and chance, number symbolism promises knowledge of God’s will and the order…

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Rebiger, Bill, Mädler, Inken and Reymaier, Erich Konstantin, “Numerology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025436>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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