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Calvinists and LibertinesConfession and Community in Utrecht 1578-1620$
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Benjamin J. Kaplan

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202837.001.0001

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Discipline and Order

Discipline and Order

(p.28) 1 Discipline and Order
Calvinists and Libertines

Benjamin J. Kaplan

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Dutch Calvinists, the confessional nature of their piety, and the form of religious community they created as an expression of that piety. It discusses the five qualities associated with the confessional mode of piety: boundedness, uniformity, hierarchy, moral rigour, and theocracy. It argues that the main appeal of ‘discipline and order’ was that these were practical tools of great power for achieving religious reform; they also gave religious groups the strength to survive and compete in a divided, hostile world. More importantly, however, they addressed deep and widespread psychological needs.

Keywords:   Dutch Calvinists, Calvinism, piety, religious community, confessionalism, boundedness, uniformity, hierarchy, moral rigour, theocracy

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