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date: 05 April 2020

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This chapter provides an overview of the historiography on the natural and supernatural in early modern Europe with a particular emphasis on Protestantism. It considers the ways in which this subject is closely intertwined with other major research areas in early modern historiography, especially the subject of popular and elite religion and the question of Protestantism and desacralization/secularization. Next, this chapter introduces a case study on the interpretation of healing waters in German Lutheranism in order to provide readers with an example of the complex relationship between the natural and the supernatural following the Reformation. Finally, this article sketches an agenda for future research on Protestantism and the natural and supernatural in the early modern period.

Keywords: natural, supernatural, popular religion, elite religion, desacralization, healing waters, preternatural, secularization, miracle wells

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