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1. Meaning

1.1. The term “institution” derives etymologically from the Latin group instituo/institutio, which originally had the broad sense of making or establishing or of its result (i.e., what is made or established). The term first took on a precise sense in Roman law, from which it passed into Latin church law and then into the apologetics and dogmatics of the Western tradition. Here it mainly denotes an act of divine foundation or its effects, though it occasionally also has the sens…

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Stobbe, Heinz-Günther, “Institution”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I246>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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