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Refers to any set of beliefs of any community or nation, concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of life and the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural or divine agency.

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Cappadocian fathers

Religion; Christian theology

The collective name of the three major Greek-speaking writers of the patristic period: Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzen, and Gregory of Nyssa, all of whom date from the ...

Enlightenment, The

Religion; Christian theology

A term used since the nineteenth century to refer to the emphasis upon human reason and autonomy characteristic of much of western European and North American thought during the ...


Religion; Christian theology

The religious ideas associated with Martin Luther, particularly as expressed in the Lesser Catechism (1529) and the Augsburg Confession (1530). A series of internal disagreements ...


Religion; Christian theology

An early trinitarian heresy, which treated the three persons of the Trinity as different historical manifestations of the one God.


Religion; Christian theology

The distinctively Christian doctrine of God, which reflects the complexity of the Christian experience of God. The doctrine is usually summarized in maxims such as "three ...


Religion; Christian theology

The term used in the present volume to refer to the sacrament variously known as "the mass," "the Lord's supper," and "holy communion. "


Religion; Christian theology

The section of Christian theology dealing with the theory of the church.