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United By The Augustana? Acceptance Of The Augsburg Confession In The Netherlands Around 1566

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The establishment of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands in 2004 is an amazing event considering that it represented the merging of two confessional traditions that had been separated and even opposed to each other for a very long time. The text of the Augsburg Confession is quite directly related to the Netherlands, as the original Latin version had presumably been handed over by the Emperor to his main advisor, Count Henry of Nassau, to be kept at the imperial archives at Brussels. Far from being merely a concession to the Reformed, the Variata expressed views which were shared by many Lutherans as well. However, the contribution of this chapter involves the remarkable efforts to unify the Reformation minded people in the Netherlands. The chapter presents an outline of the scenery in the Netherlands, and subsequently, it follows the developments around the Augsburg Confession more closely.

Keywords: Augsburg Confession; Brussels; Church; Henry; Latin; Lutherans; Netherlands; Variata

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