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Life Reform Movement
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[German Version]

The life reform movement emerged in the second half of the 19th century as an increasingly broad and complex coalition of groups dedicated to a more natural lifestyle. Vegetarianism (Dietary laws: I), naturopathy, nudism (Clothing and nakedness), clothing reform, housing reform, school reform, the settlement movement, the garden city movement – from Eden-Oranienburg to Monte Verita in Ascona – displayed highly heterogeneous features of a religiosity outside of the church. In their call for a “new humanity,” the org…

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Hübinger, Gangolf, “Life Reform Movement”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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