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Denominations, Study of
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The term, propagated as Konfessionskunde by F. Kattenbusch in 1892, denotes a theological discipline that examines comparatively the differences between the various Christian denominations with a view to their confessions (of faith) or official doctrines, constructions of dogmatic identity, specific forms of ethos, liturgical practices, and religious lifestyles. Precursors of the new discipline – a discipline meant to integrate the methods and questions of church history, systematic theology, and practical theol…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Denominations, Study of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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