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Religion - Concept of Religion
(10,460 words)

Part of Religion:

1. Concept of Religion

2. Science of Religion

3. Theology of Religions

A. Religion in General

There can be no easy-going approach to the subject of religion today, above all if one considers it the quintessence of one’s relationship to God. The word religion seems to have fallen into discredit. But if one refuses to accept this devaluation, one must analyse the difficulties involved in the term and then offer philosophical and theological reasons for continuing to use it.

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Norbert Schiffers, Werner Post and Willi Oelmüller, “Religion - Concept of Religion”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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