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Acoemetae

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

(Gk., akoimētai, ‘sleepless ones’).

Orthodox ascetics in general, and in particular monks following the rule of Basil. The term may be applied more generally to Eastern Christian...

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acolyte

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

The first in rank of the two Lesser Ministries in the RC Church. Until 1972 acolytes formed one of the four Minor Orders. First mentioned c.251, they were specially dedicated to the service...

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Acoma Creation

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

The Acoma Indians of New Mexico live in an ancient pueblo commonly called the Sky City, since it is perched atop a 600‐foot maternal mound or butte. Like many of ...

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acosmism

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Philosophy.

Denial of the reality of the material world. The term was originally applied or misapplied to Spinoza, but in the nineteenth century was also used to characterize the other worldliness of...

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Uriel Acosta

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

(1585–1640), religious skeptic born in Portugal of Marrano parents. His study of the Hebrew Bible led him to doubt Christianity; to live openly as a Jew, he escaped with his ...

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acquired enlightenment

Overview page. Subjects: Buddhism.

A concept which is found in the Mahāyāna treatise the Mahāyāna-śraddhotpāda Śāstra (The Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna) referring to the enlightenment (bodhi) that one acquires as the...

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Acquisition

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies — Law.

(Heb. qinyan). The methods of acquiring property lie at the heart of both proprietary and contractual rights in Jewish civil law. A formal qinyan is necessary to effect the transfer ...

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act, human

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

In moral theology the term denotes the free and voluntary action of a human being done with knowledge and attention. To such acts alone can moral praise or blame be accorded.

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Acta Apostolicae Sedis

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

The official gazette of the Vatican, founded by Pius X in the decree, ‘Promulgandi Pontificias Constitutiones’ (29 Sept. 1908). Publication began in Jan. 1909. About 12 issues appear each...

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Acts of the Apostles

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

A New Testament book immediately following the Gospels and relating the history of the early Church, and in particular the missionary journeys of St Paul and others.

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