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Author(s): Arnold, Claus | Hutchison, William R. | Mette, Norbert | Spanke, Daniel
[German Version] I. Church History – II. Catholicism – III. Practical Theology – IV. Art History I. Church History 1. General The word modernism, derived from the adjective modern (Modernity), has often been used pejoratively. In 1524 Luther called the representatives of the nominalist via moderna (Nominalism) “modernists,” who have nothing to of…

Beautiful, The

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Author(s): Spanke, Daniel
[German Version] . The “beautiful” is an aesthetic category of pleasure (subjectively) and of unity within multiplicity (objectively). The preeminent organ of perception associated with the beautiful is sight, as is indictated in the etymology of, inter alia, the German das Schöne, which is connected to schauen [to behold]. The English word, however, derives from Latin bellus [pretty] which is connected with bonus [good]. The triad of “the beautiful, the good, and the true” is an old and widespread topos in intellectual history (Beauty) summarizing and equating the “qualities of quality”: the beautiful, which makes the highest quality optically perceivable; the good, which allows us morally to perceive and pragmatically experience the highest quality (in the sense of “things should be …

Veronica, Saint

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Author(s): Unterburger, Klaus | Spanke, Daniel
[German Version] I. Church History St. Veronica is a legendary figure, very popular in the late Middle Ages and the Baroque period (feast day Feb 4 ¶ or 27). The basis of her legend is the story of Abgar (Eus.