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Spiritualism (Protestantism)
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1. Definition, roots, and principles

The term Spiritualists (from Latin spiritus, “[Holy] Spirit”) encapsulates a diverse group that emerged during the Reformation period, whose members rejected or at least denigrated any mediation of the Spirit (see Trinity) by outward means (including ecclesiastical office and the sacraments as well as the words of the Bible), relying instead on a direct relationship with God through the Spirit. The Spiritu…

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Salvadori, Stefania, “Spiritualism (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 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027809>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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