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Reconstructing Protestant Identity ? A Variety of Further Reformations

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Title Reconstructing Protestant Identity ? A Variety of Further Reformations
Period 09 / 2011 - 07 / 2012
Status Completed
Research number OND1347019
Data Supplier Website NIAS

Abstract

Why is the 18th century so tame, theologically speaking, after the spectacular fireworks in the period before 1700? Weberian instinct assumes a decline in religious fervour, disenchantment and the onset of secularisation under the influence of the Enlightenment. Historians perceive, on the contrary, a flowering of pietism. I will follow the lead of Ernst Troeltsch rather than Weber, to explore new approaches to the religious history of this period. Troeltsch saw a shift, around 1700, from the Old Protestantism of the confessional era essentially a continuation of medieval religion towards a New Protestantism . Troeltsch described this transformation as a modernisation process. I want to find out what changed, why, and how, by looking both at institutional developments and theological reflection.

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Project leader Dr. J.W. Spaans

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