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Mercersburg Theology
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[German Version]

The Mercersburg Theology developed between 1840 and 1860, primarily through the work of theologian J.W. Nevin and historian P. Schaff at the German Reformed Mercersburg Seminary in Pennsylvania. Both critiqued the anti-historical tendency, the lack of developed ecclesiology, individualism, and the tendency towards sectarianism in American Christianity. They considered the “church question” to be the most important issue of their day. Both Nevin and Schaff were influenced by German Individualism, both adopted an organic conception of the church, and…

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Graham, Stephen, “Mercersburg Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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