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Author(s): Keller, Carl-A. | Miller, Patrick D. | Frankemölle, Hubert | Axt-Piscalar, Christine | Jüngel, Eberhard | Et al.
[German Version] I. History of Religions – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Philosophy of Religion – V. Dogmatics – VI. Ethics – VII. Judaism I. History of Religions From the standpoint of the study of religion, evil – which is offensive, threatens order and existence, and is therefore feared and avoided – is an aspect of hidden power that is uncontrollable and unfathomable, to which human beings feel exposed and by which the…

Reincarnation I: Antiquity

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Author(s): Keller, Carl A.
Reincarnation, or metempsychosis, metensomatosis, transmigration, is the belief in the passing of a spiritual being, the soul, after death into some other body. The four terms quoted are synonymous, although “reincarnation” is sometimes improperly reserved for the passing of the soul into a specifically human body, whereas “metempsychosis” and “transmigration” are said to include animal or vegetal bodies. In fact, this distinction does not hold for classical theories. There is a wide-spread belief among pre-literate societies that each human being possesses one …