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I. General

The term personalism denotes a view that places particular value on the personality of God and/or human beings. F.D.E. Schleiermacher (Reden über die Religion, 1799, 256–258; ET: On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers, 1988) and L. Feuerbach (Wesen des Christentums, in: Works in 6 vols., vol. V, 1841, 1975, 198f.; ET: The Essence of Christianity, 1853) introduced the term in opposition to pantheism.

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Leiner, Martin, “Personalism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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