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Parable

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Author(s): Wehrle, Josef | Kähler, Christoph | Pöttner, Martin | Sanders, Andy F. | Wegenast, Klaus | Et al.
[German Version] I. Old Testament – II. New Testament – III. Fundamental Theology – IV. Philosophy of Religion – V. Religious Education and Preaching – VI. Judaism I. Old Testament A similitude (from Lat. similis, “like”; Ger. Gleichnis, “simile”) differs from a concise simile in its textological extent. A situation or event is visualized by comparison to an analogous situation or event in a different, more concrete area of everyday life. Unlike a fable, a similitude presents only one essential point ( tertium comparationis) common to the objects of comparison. The concrete an…

Communication

(3,420 words)

Author(s): Brunkhorst, Hauke | Knoblauch, Hubert | Pöttner, Martin | Geissner, Hellmut K. | Engemann, Wilfried
[German Version] I. Philosophy – II. Religious Studies – III. Fundamental Theology – IV. Ethics – V. Practical Theology I. Philosophy In the 20th century, philosophical issues were primarily treated as issues of language and communication. While Rorty spoke of a “linguistic turn,” and thereby focused on methodological innovations in theoretical philosophy, Apel and Habermas postulated an objective shift of paradigm from consciousness to communication that is meant to have revolutioni…

Deconstruction/Deconstructivism

(1,117 words)

Author(s): Grondin, Jean | Vinzent, Markus | Pöttner, Martin
[German Version] I. Philosophical Considerations – II. Deconstruction/Deconstructionism and Religion – III. Deconstruction/Deconstructionism and Theology I. Philosophical Considerations The expression “deconstruction” refers to the position of the French philosopher J. Derrida (1930–2004) and to the line of thought deriving from his work especially as manifested in literary criticism, though its roots are …

Narrative

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Author(s): Schott, Rüdiger | Seidl, Theodor | Pöttner, Martin | Helmer, Christine | Wegenast, Klaus
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Bible – III. Fundamental Theology and Philosophy of Religion – IV. Literary History – V. Practical Theology I. Religious Studies Orally transmitted narratives are often the most important sources for the religious views of preliterate peoples. Frequently narratives also provide an aetiological basis for certain cultic actions (Aetiology). Narratives with religious content say important things about the creation of the world and primeval times, the creation and nature of hum…