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Enlightenment (Spiritual)

(1,584 words)

Author(s): Elsas, Christoph | Mühling-Schlapkohl, Markus | Marquardt, Manfred | Mürmel, Heinz
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Philosophy of Religion – III. Christian Theology – IV. Buddhism I. Religious Studies Verbalizing the internal light (Symbols/Symbol theory) of the mysteries and mysticism, enlightenment denotes salvific knowledge that comes through sudden ineffable existential experience. Interreligious contacts (reception of ancient conceptions of enlightenment in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; modern encount…


(1,090 words)

Author(s): Elsas, Christoph | Crouter, Richard
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Philosophy of Religion I. Religious Studies Embracing Romanticism, F.M. Müller in his Einleitung in die Religionswissenschaft (21876, 16; ET: Introduction to the Science of Religion, 1899) defined religion as “a yearning for the infinite” and quoted F.D.E. Schleiermacher: “Religion consists in our consciousness of absolute dependence” (M. Müller, Vorlesungen über den Ursprung ¶ und die Entwickelung der Religion, 1980, 19; ET: Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion). Schleiermacher's sugges…