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Praetorius, Stephan
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(May 3, 1536, Salzwedel – May 4, 1603, Salzwedel), author of Lutheran devotional books. After studying at Rostock (with D. Chyträus and Simon Pauli), he became a deacon in Salzwedel and later pastor of the Neustädische Kirche there. Despite calls from other places, he remained faithful to his home town until his death. In his view, Christians should eschew penance and asceticism, knowing only the treasures of God’s grace received in baptism (Freudenchristentum, “joyful Christianity”). A collection of his writings was published by J. Arndt (Von der güldenen Zeit, 1622…

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Wallmann, Johannes, “Praetorius, Stephan”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024669>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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