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Chamberlain, Houston Stewart

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Author(s): Knöppler, Thomas
[German Version] (Sep 9, 1855, Portsmouth – Jan 9, 1927, Beyreuth) began studies in natural science in Geneva in 1879, moving to Dresden in 1885 and Vienna in 1889. In 1909, he married a daughter of R. Wagner and in 1916 became a German citizen. The best-known work of this cultural philosopher ( Die Grundlagen des 19. Jahrhunderts, 2 vols., 1899; ET: Foundations of the Nineteenth Century, 1910) attempts to survey the totality of European cultures. Building on three foundations (Greek art and philosophy, Roman law, and the appearance of the non-Je…

Human Sacrifice

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Author(s): Wißmann, Hans | Day, John | Knöppler, Thomas
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament I. Religious Studies In many cultures, human beings have been ritually killed with religious intent. Human sacrifice is a particular kind of sacrifice, differing from other types only in the special nature of the victim; therefore any theory about human sacrifice must appear in the context of one of the many theories about the nature, purpose and meaning of sacrifice in general. In many cases, the sacrifice was followed by ritual …