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Sacrifice - Concept of Sacrifice
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Part of Sacrifice:

1. Concept of Sacrifice

2. Substitution (Representation)

3. Sacrifice of Christ

In the technical sense, sacrifice designates the attitude of man before God. The significance is twofold. Sacrifice is the expression of man’s duty of total dedication to God, but it is only possible with regard to God. And again, sacrifice makes the special relationship of man to God visible in a way which excludes any one-sided humanization or secularization of the notion of God. While it is true that sacrific…

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Otto Semmelroth, “Sacrifice - Concept of Sacrifice”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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