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The doctrine of anthroposophy argues that in order to gain wisdom and understanding, even about the universe as a whole, it is necessary first and foremost to gain a better understanding of humanity. The original Greek usage had the sense of attaining "wisdom about man" and it has since come to be applied to the ethical philosophy of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Steiner argued the development of human spiritual knowledge is the most important thing we can do. Anthropsophical philosophies can be contrasted with Theosophy and theosophical beliefs.

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What is the Philosophy of Religion?
Sometimes confused with theology, the Philosophy of Religion is the philosophical study of religious beliefs, religious doctrines, religious arguments and religious history. The line between theology and the philosophy of religion isn't always sharp, but the primary difference is that theology tends to be apologetical in nature, committed to the defense of particular religious positions, whereas Philosophy of Religion is committed to the investigation of religion itself, rather than the truth of any particular religion.

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