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The Culture Of Conflict In The Controversies Leading To The Formula Of Concord (1548–1580)

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Development of a "culture of controversy" characterized the entire era of the Reformation, even if the second half of the sixteenth century, at least in the sphere of influence of the Wittenberg Reformation, cultivated this form of communication in a particular way. This chapter lays out the general contours of a period that could command several volumes, narrating the story of the controversies that determined fundamental categories of Lutheran thinking and referring readers to recent literature on this era. It examines three factors for rising theological controversies: the historical-political framework, the questioning and loss of the authority figures of the Reformation, and territorial rivalries and the search for theological identity. The controversies were attempting to reach theological clarity within the framework of their authority and formulation of the Christian faith. Controversy had hardly broken out among Luther's and Melanchthon's followers when initial efforts to restore doctrinal unity surfaced.

Keywords:Christian faith; culture of controversy; historical-political framework; territorial rivalries; theological controversies; Wittenberg reformation



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