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Nature Religion
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The term “nature religion” has been used in a great variety of senses, of which seven are distinguished here.

Philosophical. In the second and first centuries b.c. (later, the Stoics), and also in the 18th century (D. Hume), early doctrines of human nature came to completion with the observation or postulation of a disposition that in the modern period would be called religious.

Theological. In the light of the revelation of the true knowledge of God, such a religious disposition became a problem for the second-century Christian apologists. Various terms were used to describe and …

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Colpe, Carsten, “Nature Religion”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N88>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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