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Protestantism - Self-Understanding
(4,920 words)

Part of Protestantism:

1. Self-Understanding

2. Church Constitutions

3. Confessions of Faith

4. Theology

The following article is an attempt to describe the essence of Protestantism as understood, at least implicitly, by Protestants.

Protestantism is a general term for all the Christian Churches and communities which hold themselves consciously aloof from the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and in general repudiate the notion “Catholic” in the traditional sense. Protestants have a definite view of the Church, a par…

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Peter Meinhold, “Protestantism - Self-Understanding”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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