Johann Konrad Dippel


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German Pietist. He moved from orthodox Lutheranism to Pietism (1695–8) and wrote works emphasising the alleged contrast between Christianity and the Church, between right living and right doctrine, and maintaining that the development of Christianity from Constantine onwards had been one of decline from the ideals of primitive times. The Lutheran ecclesiastical authorities forbade him to issue further theological publications. He then turned to chemistry and alchemy.

Subjects: Christianity.

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