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Polemic, theological
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1. Definition

Theological polemic is one of the most important traditional instruments of Christian church formation and faith development. It served to delineate the boundaries between “true” and “false” Christian doctrine and piety.

The term is derived from Greek pólemos (war, conflict). Theological polemic contested concepts of the world (World view) and of God (God, concepts of) – in the late antique Christian debates wit…

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Gierl, Martin, “Polemic, theological”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025643>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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