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Rigorism
(735 words)

[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

Rigorism is an ethical category used mostly in connection with perfectionist communities. It means unbending and rigid adherence to principles of conduct (and thought) and is in opposition to laxity as a carefree and casual moral attitude. When this approach is applied not only to oneself and one’s own community but also to others, it can lead to intolerance (Tolerance and intolerance), but it sees itself as providing impetus for reform in the fa…

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Dehn, Ulrich and Heesch, Matthias, “Rigorism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024630>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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