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Edifying Literature
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I. To the Reformation – II. Modern Era – III. Present

I. To the Reformation

The term “edifying literature” (or “devotional literature”) embraces all Christian literature that is not liturgical, juristic, merely informative, or scholarly (history, theology) but is meant to edify and encourage piety and Christian conduct. But the boundaries distinguishing edifying literature from other types are fluid: liturgical formularies, monastic rules, catechisms, compend…

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Köpf, Ulrich, Weismayer, Josef and Beutel, Albrecht, “Edifying Literature”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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