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Old Lutherans
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I. “Old Lutherans” is a collective term for a group of churches that originated in the 19th century as free Lutheran confessional churches. Three phases and motivational threads of their origin can be distinguished: 1. Defense against state-compelled unification of the Lutheran and Reformed churches (“Union”); this applies to Prussia (1830) – the term “Old Lutheran” was first coined with a polemical intention in reference to Prussia –, Nassau (1846), and Baden (1852). 2. Rejection of the regional church authorities’ toleratio…

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Klän, Werner, “Old Lutherans”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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