Sacramentum Mundi Online

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Edited by: Karl Rahner with Cornelius Ernst and Kevin Smyth.
Advisor for the online edition: Karen Kilby, Durham University

Sacramentum Mundi Online is the online edition of the famous six volume English reference work in Catholic Theology, edited (in 1968-1970) by Karl Rahner, one of the main Catholic theologians of the 20th century. Sacramentum Mundi: An Encyclopedia of Theology was originally published by Herder Verlag, and is now available online at Brill.

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Author(s): Lourencino Bruno Puntel
1. The origin and bearings of the question. The word “nihilism” occurs for the first time in F. H. Jacobi’s Brief an Fichte of 1799. It was used by F. von Baader in 1824 to characterize atheism and the denial of revelation. In the middle of the 19th century, a Russian political movement with a certain view of the world was called nihilism. But the expression was given its characteristic meaning by F. W. Nietzsche, in whose writings it then gained world-wide publicity. Describing himself as the first perfect nihilist …