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History of religion

Philon of Alexandria and the Search for Meaning

(Published in GrailWorld 61/2010) Around the same time as Jesus lived in Alexandria a Jewish theologian and philosopher, whose works gained great importance for Christianity, while they remained of little influence on the development of Judaism: Philon of Alexandria (c. 13 B.C. - A.D. 50), who knew nothing of the life and work of Jesus [...]

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Why still religions?

The value of religious thinking as an antipole to materialism (Published in Grail World 60/2010) We have reported in the Grail World on various occasions about modern endeavors that religions would like to abolish. From the scientist's point of view [i] some natural scientists stand in the way of the search for truth and - if they drift into violent fundamentalism - even endanger the survival of the [...]

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Why does God allow all of this?

In the year 1710 - 300 years ago - the first edition of the "Theodicy that is, Trial of the Goodness of God, Freedom of Man and of the Origin of Evil" by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) appeared in French in Amsterdam. Further editions followed, in German and several other languages. The extensive font, which in baroque style [...]

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On the paths of the enlightened one

(Published in Grail World 13/1999) Buddhism is currently something of a "fashion religion" in our latitudes. Many Europeans are drawn to the ancient teachings of this world religion; disappointed they turn away from Christianity and seek enlightenment in the wisdom of Asia, in immortal teachings from ancient times. Without Buddhism, East Asia is in its quiet, [...]

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The chalice of Christ and the search for the Grail

(Published in GralsWelt 20/2001) Has the fabulous bowl of the Lord's Supper really been found? In the Grail Message from Abd-ru-shin it is stated that the life-giving "Holy Grail" is not to be found in the earthly, but in the highest spiritual heights. From the text, however - see quotation box - it can also be seen that in addition to this actual Grail, the [...]

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Relentless fight for the "basic truths"

(Published in GralsWelt 55/2009) Modern Fundamentalism “We have to wait until someone comes who teaches us how to sacrifice and how we should behave towards our fellow human beings. Only a god can give us enlightenment ... In the meantime it is necessary to walk on the ruins of the truth that are still left to us, as it were in a boat [...]

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The historical Jesus and the Christ of faith

 (Published in GralsWelt 2/1997) There has been no other topic in the West for almost two millennia more or more intensely than Christianity and its founder. Belief in the Son of God, Jesus, became the most influential and widespread religious teaching in the world. Recently, however, this belief has been moved with [...]

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How and why did religious cults and rituals come about?

(Published in GralsWelt 54/2009) Religious scholars assume that religions have accompanied cultural development since the beginning of human history. Religious feeling is apparently an essential part of the specifically human characteristics that express it e.g. B. found in cults, rituals, myths, art, music, education, etc. Religiousness is also one of the fundamental human drives that society and its [...]

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The fire of Christianity

How did a small Jewish faith group become the largest world religion? I have already asked myself several times what might have induced people to profess Christianity in the first few centuries. It is true that the Greek and Roman cults of gods had lost much of their prestige, but in Neoplatonism or Gnosis there were more interesting and intellectually more demanding ideologies [...]

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Was Jesus omniscient?

Published in GralsWelt 45/2007 If you ask someone about something they don't know, or perhaps can't know at all, their response is sometimes a cheeky counter-question: “Am I Jesus?” This return coach implies that Jesus is the Son of God would have been all-knowing. Was that really him? Sadducee questions To be honest, sometimes I also ask a [...]