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Superstition - The Problem
(1,331 words)

Part of Superstition:

1. The Problem

2. Magic

3. Astrology

1. Notion. The word “superstition” primarily means an inverted, a “wrong” faith, but also a “sham” or deficient faith. What will be called superstition in any particular case depends on the outlook of the observer. Generally speaking, any religion or world-view is tempted to dismiss as superstition manifestations of a belief that conflict with its own norms or notions of belief. A “scientific” world-view which is thought absolute will look on all r…

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Bonaventura Kloppenburg, “Superstition - The Problem”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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