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is the name that was once given to those persons who originated from or were active in the areas dominated by the Lutheran confession and who, according to the judgment of confessionally Lutheran theologians of the late 16th century, advocated doctrinal views or practical approaches that were intented to undermine the status of the Lutheran denomination by secretly bringing it closer to Reformed or Calvinist positions. In scholarly publications, the concept of “Crypto-Calvinism” i…

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Kaufmann, Thomas, “Crypto-Calvinists”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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