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The Old Testament – Timeless wisdom or old, outdated operating system?

The Old Testament is a Christian name for the books of the Hebrew Bible. This is a problematic term because Jewish people could easily find it disrespectful of their holy scripture. The designation comes from a Christian perspective with the … Continue reading


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Original Sin – A powerful Western myth?

According to Christian doctrine, original sin is a state of alienation from God. It is present at birth and collectively inherited from the first sin of the biblical Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:4-3:24). In the Genesis account, Adam and Eve … Continue reading


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Orpheus, Orphism and the Orphic Mysteries

Orpheus was a legendary ancient Greek musician, singer, poet and philosopher from Thrace, said to be the ancestor of the poets Homer and Hesiod. In ancient lore, Orpheus could charm wild beasts with his melodious lyre (a musical instrument, like … Continue reading


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Rudolf Otto – pioneering and influential German theologian (and probably part-mystic)

Rudolf Otto (1869-1937) was a German Lutheran theologian who wrote an influential book called Das Heilige: Über das Irrationale in der Idee des Göttlichen und sein Verhältnis zum Rationalen (1917) [English translation: The Idea of the Holy (1923)] which, as the … Continue reading

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