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Retribution
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

Retribution – recompense of good with good and evil with evil, in religion as reward (Payment) or punishment for human conduct, imposed in this life or the next by God or fate – is an aspect of reciprocity, the principle of quid pro quo (Merit). Richard Thurnwald was the first to point out the significance of reciprocity for social action and worldview in ethnic societies. It g…

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Neu, Rainer, Janowski, Bernd, Bendemann, Reinhard v., Volkmann, Stefan and Buß, Johanna, “Retribution”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025313>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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