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Clergy in Literature
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In the 18th century, the clergyman (Clergy) became a literary figure when literature freed itself from theology and dealt with the social significance of religion. In the process, older literary models, such as those of the hermit and the martyr, merged with the modern literary model of the clergy. From the hermits, the clergy adopted the motif of the ascetic and contemplative distance from the world, but also the function of a counterpart mediating practical assistance and religious in…

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Hartwich, Wolf-Daniel, “Clergy in Literature”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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