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Modern Times
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I. Church History – II. Philosophy – III. Practical Theology

I. Church History

1. The German term Neuzeit, which first appeared in church historiography around 1870, and which corresponds to the English term “modern times,” encompasses a broad spectrum of heterogeneous meanings. Terms such as tempus novum, historia nova, or neue Zeit (“new times”) – in contrast to the Middle Ages (I) – were coined in the 17th century to express experiences, both fascinating and frightening,…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, Puster, Rolf W. and Gräb, Wilhelm, “Modern Times”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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