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Schaff, Philip
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(Jan 1, 1819, Chur, Switzerland – Oct 20, 1893, NY). Educated at the universities of Tübingen, Halle, and Berlin, Schaff immigrated to the United States in 1844, taking a position as professor at the German Reformed Seminary at Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Historian Schaff and his colleague theologian J.W. Nevin developed a system of thought called the Mercersburg theology. They emphasized tradition, Christian unity, and a high ecclesiology (High Church movement). From 1870 to 1893,…

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Graham, Stephen, “Schaff, Philip”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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