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What Religions Have in Common
What religions have in common
Life After Death

Simmel's approach to religion can be described as closely related to a pragmatist concept of “truth.” To Simmel, the truth is not only what works but, more important, the basis on which the believer is prepared to work or, more generally, is prepared to act. In times of deep disappointments and hopelessness, people are inclined to only rely on what they can put their hands on. That attitude of distrust is expected to save the skeptic from becoming the victim of all kinds of false prophets. Catastrophic events like wars, plagues, and famines tend to have radical effects on religions: They make some people give up their faith and cause others to emerge from ...

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