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Lichtfreunde
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[German Version]

(Friends of Light). Lichtfreunde was the name given to the “Protestantische Freunde,” an association of rationalistic early liberal Protestant clergy and laity in Saxony and Prussia organized in 1841. The term, borrowed from Freemasonry, was originally used for adherents of the Enlightenment in general; by the time journals bearing this name were established in Saxony (1831) and Frankfurt am Main (1836), it was serving as a programmatic label for consistent support of the Enlightenment in religion. The term, soon adopted…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Lichtfreunde”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12994>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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