Christian Cyclopedia

About the Cyclopedia


Theory which originated in Gk. philosophy* and regards matter as the original cause of all, even psychic, phenomena. Asserting that all psychic processes are due to changes of material molecules, it denies the existence of the soul*; developed by Encyclopedists*; became prominent in Ger. in the 19th c. See also Büchner, Friedrich Karl Christian Ludwig; Democritus; Dialectical Materialism; Loofs, Friedrich; Marx, Karl Heinrich; Naturalism; Vogt, Karl.

Edited by: Erwin L. Lueker, Luther Poellot, Paul Jackson
©Concordia Publishing House, 2000, All rights Reserved. Reproduced with Permission

Internet Version Produced by
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod

Original Editions ©Copyright 1954, 1975, 2000
Concordia Publishing House
All rights reserved.

Content Reproduced with Permission

Stay Connected! Join the LCMS Network:

Contact Us Online
(Staff Switchboard)
(Church Info Center)
1333 S Kirkwood Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63122-7226 | Directions


Featured Publication

The Lutheran Witness

LCMS Communications

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective.
Visit TLW Online