Joachim Wach

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Joachim Ernst Adolphe Felix Wach (January 25, 1898 – August 27, 1955) was a German religious scholar from Chemnitz, who emphasised a distinction between the history of religion and the philosophy of religion.

He was descended on both sides from the famous Mendelssohn family, both the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn and the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. He shared the latter's love ... more »

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  • A sacrament is not unlike a symbol in that both consider physical phenomena or objects as representative of spiritual reality. But while the symbol is a significant image, the sacrament (washing, eati...
    Joachim Wach (1898-1955), German-born U.S. religious historian. The Comparative Study of Religions, ch. 2, Columbia University Press (1958).
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