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Confessional Age
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[German Version]

In its original usage by E. Troeltsch the term “confessional age” designated the 16th and 17th-century period of European history, distinct from the Middle Ages and the modern era, in which the “power of ecclesial culture,” in principle broken by Protestantism or the Reformation, continued to shape culture and society in the form of three “mutually exclusive and restrictive infallible churchdoms” (HZ 1906, 29; 1911, 46); in the process of the “relative pulverization” (ibid.) of the three confessions, the “modern world” arose. The concept of the confess…

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Kaufmann, Thomas, “Confessional Age”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_22842>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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