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Modern Church History
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1. The denominational age. From the historical standpoint, the traditional division at about 1500 does not represent a clear-cut beginning of the modern era. True, the modern State crystallized in the 16th century out of a process already begun in the late 13th century, but it was only in the, 17th century that the world which lasted till, the French Revolution emerged. Human life was still governed to a large extent by the medieval rhythm. Man’s biological vulnerability, his vigorous enjoyment of …

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Viktor Conzemius, “Modern Church History”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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