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Systems Theory
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

Systems theory considers religion one social system alongside others, like the economy, law (Law and Jurisprudence), politics, and education and analyzes it in terms of the function it discharges. The evolutionary approach of systems theory assumes that in primordial local communities the function of religion was nonspecific and was fulfilled in combination wi…

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Pollack, Detlef, Hesse, Heidrun, Herms, Eilert, Dinkel, Christoph and Evers, Dirk, “Systems Theory”, 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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