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PIETISM

In general, a stress on the individual appropriation of religious truth, put into moral and spiritual action, in contrast with merely assenting to a truth with the mind. Various movements in Christianity have been called pietistic, with the implication that they are more sentimental than realistic.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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