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Lautensack as Theological Author

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Apparently Paul Lautensack believed that his diagrams, which re-arranged God's revelations in Bible and Nature and so for the first time showed their true contents, came purely from divine inspiration and had nothing to do with him. Whilst Lautensack believed that his revelation would immediately convince everyone, he must have realized that his diagrams were only met with perplexity, especially from scholars. He wasted little time in refuting the criticism and attributed it to theologians who were both too arrogant to admit defeat through the writings of an unlearned man and too trusting in their own human wisdom. This chapter focuses on Lautensack's position in the debate on the legitimacy of religious images, one of the controversial topics of the Reformation. It follows the development of scholarly opinion and popular reaction to images during the period of iconoclasm, and then describes the reactions of artists and the situation in Nuremberg.

Keywords: Bible; god; iconoclasm; Nuremberg; Paul Lautensack; reformation



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