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Schmalkaldic Articles
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I. Origin and Reception

The life-threatening illness of M. Luther (I) in the spring of 1536 induced the elector John Frederick to ask him for a “theological testament.” To be signed by leading theologians, it was intended to prevent the doctrinal controversies within Protestantism the elector feared would break out after Luther’s death. A few years later, the urgency of such a doctrinal affirmation was heig…

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Müller, Hans Martin, “Schmalkaldic Articles”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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