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(superbia) is considered, in Christian teaching on sin, as the true expression of the sin against God. The finite, limited human being refuses to be content with his human nature. He or she wants to “be like God” (Gen 3:4), wanting to imitate God’s action and even God’s being. Pride can therefore also be described as presumptuous hubris, in which human beings try to misappropriate the divine. In Christian tradition, such striving was traced back to desire (concupiscentia) (Augustine). Provided this interpretation is detached from fixation on sexuality, it …

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Krötke, Wolf, “Pride”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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