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The search for paradise

(Published in GralsWelt 48/2008) The Bible is the most printed (and probably also the most widely read) book in world literature. Its significance for the Jewish and Christian religions is fundamental and its influence on world culture cannot be assessed. After the Bible had been considered an unassailable source of truth in the West for centuries, especially since the [...]

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The cult of the great mother

(Published in GW 46/2007) Was there a religious cult around the “great mother”, a supreme female deity, long before the patriarchal monotheism (belief in one god)? And did the culture that developed under it guarantee a harmonious, peaceful coexistence in a "golden age"? Here we summarize the research on this question and also describe the meaning [...]

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The Mystery of Mary Magdalene

(Published in GralsWelt 51/2008) An exciting thriller became a world bestseller and sparked discussions about the history of religion: Dan Brown's “Da Vinci Code”. The adventurous thriller was soon followed by theological works in several languages that denounce historical inaccuracies in Brown's thriller. Various claims of the bestseller are discussed, commented on and refuted. One would almost think that it would not work [...]

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Better to abolish religions?

(Published in GralsWelt 43/2007) The 20th century has been variously called the century of demagogues and dictators: Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot. As different as these oppressors were in their personalities or their political profile, they all sparked a pseudo-religious "enthusiasm" - in fact it was hysteria - that still persists in some fanatics today [...]

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The enigmatic sage

(Published in GralsWelt 14/1999) Among the three great Asiatic founders of religions - Buddha, Confucius, Lao-Tse - a special attention has been given in the West: Lao-Tse (Lao ‑ zi, Lao Tan). The Taoteking (Dao ‑ de ‑ jing) ascribed to him has been translated into European languages several times. None other than Martin Heidegger (1889- 976) worked on a translation with a Chinese, and Carl Gustav Jung [...]

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Who still believes in hell today?

(Published in Grail World 12/99) Hell and devil belong together in the popular understanding. Who (like the majority today, including theologians) no longer believes in the devil, there will probably be no hell for him either. In issue 11, GrailWelt editor Siegfried HAGL investigated the question of whether the idea of an "adversary of God" *) is really just [...]

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The devil, that's just folklore

(Published in GralsWelt 11/99) In our time, many people struggle with religions, with "religious truths" in particular. Too much abuse has been committed to religious sentiment. Large religious communities put themselves at the service of earthly rule ideologies and were not ashamed to tolerate blatant injustice and violations of self-taught values for the purpose of exercising their own power [...]

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The Legacy of Confucius

(Published in GralsWelt 8/1998) In East Asia, Christianity, Christian ethics, and Christian thinking are a comparatively new phenomenon. Old, very old, on the other hand, are the "classic attitudes towards life". In our series on “Wisdom of Asia”, Siegfried Hagl deals with the legacy of Confucius. "In a Confucian society, every individual must strive to show their loyalty to the society to which they belong [...]

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Religions of Antiquity III: The Search for Immortality

(Published in GralsWelt 33/2004) In esoteric circles the view is widespread that humans were already conscious at the beginning of the incarnation; that the actual human being - his soul or his spirit - continues to exist after shedding his earthly body, that there is thus a “this world” and a “hereafter”. This human soul can then either be in [...]

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Prophetissa Teutonica

(Published in GralsWelt 8/1998) The German prophetess It was the Staufer Friedrich I - Emperor Barbarossa - who called Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179) so. But as famous as the seer was during her lifetime, after her death her visions got lost and her work was forgotten. In the century after her (13th century) the monastery and [...]