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The vicarage or parsonage, an original invention of modern Protestantism, is a religious institution separate from the organizational structure of the church, rooted in private life and indissolubly linked with the pastoral profession. The symbiosis of cultural religion and family piety, of professional work and private life characteristic of bourgeois life takes on practical embodiment in the vicarage; at the same time, the vicarage owes its great importance in the culture of mod…

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Steck, Wolfgang, “Vicarage/Parsonage”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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