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Pope, Papacy
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1. Historical Aspects

1.1. General

1.1.1. To present a history of the popes, church historians must pay particular attention to the distinction between specific historical situations and a presumed logical development (Philosophy of History). Are we to understand the papacy as a divine institution and its history as the entelechy of this nature? Or are we to deal with it as a historical phenomenon with a place in history that we cannot differentiate in principle …

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Schilling, Johannes, Kirchner, Hubert, Heinemann, Heribert and Leuze, Reinhard, “Pope, Papacy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.120>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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