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Religion - Science of Religion
(17,797 words)

Part of Religion:

1. Concept of Religion

2. Science of Religion

3. Theology of Religions

A. Introduction

1. The “science of religion" , a term first used by the Oxford professor Friedrich Max Müller (1823-1900), is the scientific discipline, often called “comparative religion”, whose task is the empirical investigation of all religions, from those of the advanced cultures to those of the “primitives” (…

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Günter Lanczkowski, Wilhelm Keilbach and Osmund Schreuder, “Religion - Science of Religion”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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