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Religious Criticism
(2,242 words)

[German Version]

I. Greco-Roman Antiquity

1. Types, topics, argumentation patterns


Conceptions of gods, myths (Myth and mythology), and cult praxis (Cult/Worship) were the object of reflection, analysis, and criticism from the very beginnings of Greco-Roman culture (Homer, Hesiod). Religious criticism was applied firstly to myths and cult, certain forms of atheism (pantheism, deism), and secondly to one’s own relig…

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Cancik, Hubert and Krötke, Wolf, “Religious Criticism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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