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I. Philosophy of Religion

The term trust or confidence (Lat. fiducia, Gk πίστις/pistis), has embodied, since ancient Rome and Greece, both aspects essential to the concept of trust, namely certainty and faithfulness on the one hand, and faith and hope on the other. Cicero saw both as being based on an assured self-confidence, which he assigned as a secondary virtue to bravery (De inventione, 2.163). Trust, where it is firmly held onto as a fundamental attitude towards life, is …

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Gräb-Schmidt, Elisabeth, “Trust”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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