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Nicholas Hope

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269946

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269943.001.0001

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The Parish and the Office of the Clergy

The Parish and the Office of the Clergy

(p.256) 12 The Parish and the Office of the Clergy
German and Scandinavian Protestantism 1700-1918

Nicholas Hope

Oxford University Press

Returns to themes in Part I to emphasize how difficult it still was in this time of large‐scale political changes to reform the historic parish. ‘Enlightenment’ as achievement is perhaps, therefore, a questionable concept for the period (c.1770–1840). The ‘improvement’ of the Lutheran office, meaning what was beneficial to parishioners and the wider community of citizens, is examined.

Keywords:   enlightenment, historic parish, improvement, Lutheran office

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