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in religions – that which lies before (pro) the temple (fanum) – is the opposite of sacredness. It refers to places and times that, in contrast to sacred places, are not distinguished by the presence of the divine. In Christianity the difference between sacred and profane is transcended, for the whole of creation is good (Gen 1). God can be present everywhere and, through Jesus, the Son of God, sacred designations can be relativized to the benefit of his creatures (Mark 2:27 etc.). The dist…

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Mühling, Markus, “Profaneness”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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