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Constitutionalism, Church
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The period between the Napoleonic Wars and World War I saw ongoing debate over the structure of the Evangelical Church in Germany. Those involved were primarily theologians and jurisprudents. – A group around F.D.E. Schleiermacher, combining collegialist ideas (Collegialism) with elements of the presbyterial and synodal structure (Presbyter/Presbytery) of the Reformed Church, put forward demands for a self-governing church organized on the basis of the local congregations. Vis-à-vis conceptions of the church and church polity based on ministerial offic…

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Ohst, Martin, “Constitutionalism, Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12136>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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