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The term Socinianism first appeared at the beginning of the 17th century. The most recent scholarship distinguishes a narrower and a broader meaning [2]. The former refers to the thought of the adherents of the doctrinal system that essentially goes back to the theologian Fausto Sozzini (1539–1604). It is characterized positively by (1) a specific view of Jesus Christ as a historically unique human being and messenger of God, (2) an anthropology that in princi…

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Daugirdas, Kęstutis, “Socinianism”, 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 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027725>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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