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Augsburg Confession
(1,627 words)

[German Version]

I. Origin – II. Content – III. Further history

The Augsburg Confession of 1530 is the most important confessional document (Articles of Faith) of Protestantism.

I. Origin

In early 1530 conditions seemed unexpectedly favorable for a settlement of the religious quarrels that had broken out in the empire. After peace agreements with Pope Clement V (1523–34) and Francis I of France (1515–47) Emperor Charles V (1519–56) could for the first time since 1521 turn his attention again…

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Peters, Christian, “Augsburg Confession”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_0128>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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