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Title: The origin of an idea
Author(s): DEMMER, Klaus
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 1    Issue: 1   Date: Autumn 1995   
Pages: 17-41
DOI: 10.2143/INT.1.1.2014884

Abstract :
Events – like this symposium – are not the result of one moment, however privileged; they are preceded by multiple ramifications and timid attempts. There certainly was an idea at the origin of it, but it had no clearly defined contours, it was struggling for its own profile, needing a multiplicity of conversations which grew like ripples in ever increasing circles, reaching others with the same frame. Now ideas are never the product of mere spirit; pressing and at times oppressive experiences bring their influence to bear on the person immediately responsible for the idea. Not without reason theology as a science speaks of Sitz im Leben.

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