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Protestant Reformation
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Precursors
The Start of the Reformation
Protestant Reformers
Reformation by location

Denmark · England · Finland
Germany · Iceland · Italy
Netherlands · Norway · Scotland
Sweden · France · Switzerland

The Magisterial Reformation is a phrase that "draws attention to the manner in which the Lutheran and Calvinist reformers related to secular authorities, such as princes, magistrates, or city councils", i.e. "the magistracy". [1] While the Radical Reformation rejected any secular authority over the Church, the Magisterial Reformation argued for the interdependence of the church and secular authorities, i.e. "The magistrate had a right to authority within the church, just as the church could rely on the authority of the magistrate to enforce discipline, suppress heresy, or maintain order."[2]

References

  1. ^ McGrath, Alistair. 1998. Historical Theology, An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought. Blackwell Publishers: Oxford. p. 159.
  2. ^ McGrath, op.cit. p. 159
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