Vocabulary for the Study of Religion

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Deus otiosus
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Abstract: The term deus otiosus refers to the widespread, whether or not universal, belief that the creator God, upon finishing creation, withdrew permanently from the world into inactivity. The concept m…

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Robert Segal, “Deus otiosus”, in: Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, General Editors Robert A. Segal, Kocku Von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004249707_vsr_COM_00000267>
First published online: 2016

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