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Piety, History of
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I. Early Research

At the dawn of the 21st century, a history of piety is more a desideratum than a reality, especially in Protestantism. In the 19th century, the notion of piety as defined in its modern sense by Pietism, J.W. v. Goethe, and Romanticism and grounded theologically by F.D.E. Schleiermacher did not lead to academic study of the history of piety. To this day, religious scholarship avoids the term; there is no lemma Frömmigkeit in HRWG II, 1990. Not until the end of the 19t…

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Piety, History of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_07983>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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