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Primitive Christianity
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Initially the term Urchristentum, “primitive Christianity,” first used by J.B. Basedow in 1779 (Alkier, 161–169), meant “original, authentic” Christianity, as distinct from the later church (III). Critical scholarship in the 19th century debated whether “primitive Christianity” constituted an (ideal) mo…

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Lindemann, Andreas, “Primitive Christianity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025257>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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