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1. Meaning of culture. The word culture, from the Latin colere, to cultivate, in the sense here discussed means a certain kind of environment as changed and shaped by man, and also the human activity that leads to the cultural pattern. The notion of culture may be differentiated from the notion of civilization, the latter meaning the cultural sphere formed by technology in the service of the external necessities of life and practical utilitarian achievements. In this sense, civilization, in contrast to th…

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Robert Scherer, “Culture”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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