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Statistics, Church
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[German Version]

Church statistics record the measurable data of the church’s life and circumstances. Such statistics, in a preliminary stage, begin to appear in the 14th century, in the form of registers recording baptisms, marriages, and burials (Ministerial offices). In the Churches of the Reformation, too, we soon find church registers with similar entries. The beginning of modern statistics was signaled by the numerical recording of data to identify regularities (political arithmetic). As the…

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Grethlein, Christian, “Statistics, Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124962>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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