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Protestantism
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1. The term and its historical context

The collective singular noun Protestantism and its French equivalent protestantisme were already in use in the 16th century; the German Protestantismus did not come into use until the 18th century. The term refers to the protest and reform movements of the 16th-century Reformation and denotes all the Christian churches, free churches, and groups that emerged from it, most of which appealed to the Reformers M…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm and Sparn, Walter, “Protestantism”, 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 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026011>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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