Abstract and Keywords
Early modern Reformed theology embraced a wide variety of styles, genres, and doctrinal variants expressed within the broadly and sometimes vaguely defined confessional boundaries presented in a series of regional and national confessions. Its development between 1600 and 1800 (roughly distinguishable into three phases: early orthodoxy extending from ca. 1565 to ca. 1640, high orthodoxy from ca. 1640 to 1725, and late orthodoxy from 1725 to ca. 1780) saw the rise and decline of scholastic models, a significant alteration of exegetical assumptions, and a massive shift in philosophical understandings, framed by patterns of confessionalization and deconfessionalization in the nations, states, and movements that belonged to the Reformed branch of the magisterial Reformation.
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