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In contemporary historiography “Reformation” is a specialized (but not exclusive) designation for the complex series of ecclesiastical, theological, political, and academic events that led, in 16th-century Europe, to the emergence and establishment of Protestant churches (“confessions”), with their distinctive patterns of belief and practice.

The present article will principally use this understanding of the term. The term also refers to a wide …

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Lotz, David W., “Reformation”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.19>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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