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The word has several religious connotations: (1) the totality of ecclesiastical laws and customs relating to the religious and moral life of the Church; (2) a system of mortification, e.g. that involved in the religious life (monastic discipline); (3) a scourge of knotted cords, chain, or other instrument used for penitential beating; and (4) as a technical term the word is applied to the Calvinist polity, which was built up on rigid principles. It is the duty of consistories, formed by elders and pastors, to fix penalties for neglect of religious duties, culminating in excommunication.

(1) the totality of ecclesiastical laws and customs relating to the religious and moral life of the Church; (2) a system of mortification, e.g. that involved in the religious life (monastic discipline); (3) a scourge of knotted cords, chain, or other instrument used for penitential beating; and (4) as a technical term the word is applied to the Calvinist polity, which was built up on rigid principles.

Subjects: Christianity.


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