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Axial Age

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Author(s): Woschitz, Karl M.
[German Version] The idea of a common “axial age” of human history as the center of all history was developed by K. Jaspers in his Origin and Goal of History (1959). Jaspers sees in the period 800–200 bce – India (Upanishad, Buddha), Iran (Zarathustra), Palestine (the prophets), and Greece (the poets and philosophers) – new beginnings, characterized by demythologization, spiritualization, and the dawn of human consciousness …


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Author(s): Woschitz, Karl M. | Görg, Manfred | Wischmeyer, Oda | Sparn, Walter | Lohberg, Gabriele | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament– IV. Church History – V. Philosophy of Religion – VI. Dogmatics – VII. Art History – VIII. Practical Theology – IX. Judaism – X. Islam I. Religious Studies Religious conceptions include numinous intermediary beings of the most varied types and origins that mediate between the divine sphere and humanity and also serve higher powers. These are sometimes …