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Confessionalism
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[German Version]

The origins and the history of the concept have scarcely been investigated. The earliest known German attestations date from the Vormärz , around 1830. In terms of its conceptual history, confessionalism is thus a specifically modern phenomenon. It reflects upon dramatic processes of religio-cultural change. In many European societies, from c. 1780 onward, the drifting apart of state and society as well as a growing socio-cultural differentiation concided with new trends towards religious pluralizatio…

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Wilhelm Graf, Friedrich, “Confessionalism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12056>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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