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A group of American and European scholars, specialists on various aspects of the Reformed consistory, has been meeting on a biennial basis to share the results of their research, compare consistorial actions and practices across time and space, and exchange ideas regarding methodological approaches and interpretative models. The Reformed consistory, known in Scotland as the kirk-session and in the German and Hungarian worlds as the presbytery, was an administrative and semi-judicial ecclesiastical institution. John Calvin, whose reorganization of the church at Geneva inspired other communities throughout Europe and the wider Atlantic world, insisted on the necessity of discipline, arguing that "no society, indeed, no house which has even a small family, can be kept in proper condition without discipline. This chapter explores the character of censure, its uses and its functions in France, England and the Swiss Confederation.

Keywords: European scholars; Geneva; John Calvin; reformed consistory



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