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Aretius, Benedictus

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Author(s): Mathys, Hans-Peter
[German Version] (Grecized from Marti, Lat. Mars; 1522 not 1505, Bätterkinden? – 1574, Bern), the son of the priest in Bätterkinden,…

Humility

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Author(s): Jödicke, Ansgar | Mathys, Hans-Peter | Reeg, Gottfried | Wengst, Klaus | Köpf, Ulrich | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. Judaism – IV. New Testament – V. Church History – VI. Dogmatics and Ethics I. Religious Studies Humility is an attitude of conscious abasement (Humiliation) and submission. Some modes of expressing humility, such as postures or gestures, can be traced to biological roots; others are conventional, for example a “humble glance” or foot washing. In many cases we encounter an inversion of what is culturally normal, for example nakedness in the poverty (IV) movements of the Middle Ages. Basically, a distinction must be made between ritualized humility (Rite and ritual) and the virtue of humility. Ritualized humility is a temporary reversal of the ordinary situation. In an initiation ritual of the African Ndembu, the future village chief must allow himself to be insulted without offering any defense (Turner, 97ff.). A Roman Catholic episcopal procession signalizes ¶ humility by its contrast to the Roman triumphal processions: the bishop walks at the end, not in the first third, of the procession, like the victorious Roman emperor.…