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From Exemplarity to Suspicion. The Genevan Church between the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries

Pitassi, Maria-Cristina

History of European Ideas, 2011, Vol.37(1), pp.16-22 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    From Exemplarity to Suspicion. The Genevan Church between the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries
  • Autor: Pitassi, Maria-Cristina
  • Assuntos: Geneva ; Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Calvinism ; Protestant Orthodoxy ; Freedom of Conscience ; Consensus Helveticus ; Cartesianism ; Jean-Alphonse Turrettini ; History & Archaeology ; Philosophy
  • É parte de: History of European Ideas, 2011, Vol.37(1), pp.16-22
  • Descrição: The present article traces the changes that took place within the Genevan church between the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. These changes resulted from a number of different factors, but especially from the evolution in theological and other, broader intellectual parameters. The analysis focuses on the spirited debates that surrounded the Consensus Helveticus, a formula which was adopted in Geneva in 1679 and to which all pastors were required to subscribe. When the Genevan church decided in 1706 no longer to require subscription, it did so – among others – for the freedom of conscience on articles not necessary to salvation, and thus embarked on a long road of theological reflection which led it eventually to abandon, within the space of only several decades, the orthodox theology that had dominated the seventeenth century. As result of this evolution, the eighteenth century saw a slow but definite change in the image the church of Geneva held for the rest of European Calvinism.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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