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Confession (Denomination)
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[German Version]

In the 16th and 17th centuries, which would later be called the period of confessionalization, the newly arisen situation of different, but coexistent religious and theological trends and ecclesial institutions was still described by reference to “religious parties.” The fact that instead of this term, beginning in the 19th century, “confession” could diverge from its original meaning of confession (of faith) and become the common general term for all Christian churches and communities is due to the strict relationship between church mem…

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Oberdorfer, Bernd, “Confession (Denomination)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12053>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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