The Idea of the Holy by Rudolph Otto

A classic of religious philosophy, The Idea of the Holy (1917) by Rudolph Otto ( has been revered by generations of lay readers as well as divinity students. In the work, Otto introduces the concept of the ‘numinous’ which he defines as a ‘non-rational, non-sensory experience or feeling whose primary and immediate object is outside the self’. It is utterly elusive towards scientific methods of categorisation and analysis. Treat yourself to one of the most influential religious works of the 20th century.

254 pages in Oxford University Press paperback edition

ISBN 978-0195002102

Rudolph Otto in a Numinal moment

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