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I. Religious Studies

Temptation is a theologoumenon of many religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It arises in the presence of free will when evil makes its appearance as fascinating, enticing cajolery, often insinuating. There are various forms of temptation: by a deity, by human individuals, by demons, in a nontheistic con-text, and even human temptation of a deity. Temptation is often interpreted as the work of a demonic power …

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Frenschkowski, Marco, Arneth, Martin, Feldmeier, Reinhard and Herms, Eilert, “Temptation”, 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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