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Supreme Being
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a term that entered religious studies in the 19th century; rejecting evolutionary theories of all kinds, scholars used it to denote universal supreme deities (or in some cases divine couples) even among peoples with very simple social organizations. Andrew Lang in particular considered belief in a supreme being a basic component of all human religions: polytheism (Monotheism and polytheism), magic, etc. are secondary developments. The primitive monotheism theory of W. Schmidt and…

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Stolz, Fritz, “Supreme Being”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09947>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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