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1. Term and History of Meaning

1.1. “Protestantism” is a general term for the form of Christianity that originated with the 16th-century Reformation. It carries a specific reference to the “Protestatio” that the Evangelical princes presented at the Second Diet of Speyer in 1529. After that event the opponents of the Reformation called all its supporters Protestants, though the supporters themselves preferred …

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Raiser, Konrad, “Protestantism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.167>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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