The Diet of Augsburg

Carl Remshard (German, 1678 – 1735)
Sheet : 6 x 7 5/8 in. (15.24 x 19.37 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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On June 25th 1530, leaders of the newly emerged Lutheran Protestant movement gathered in the German city of Augsburg to present a document explaining their key theological positions to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V as well as to the princes and rulers of various German free states. That document, known as the Augsburg Confession, remains a key pillar of the Lutheran Christian faith today. One of the 28 articles in the Augsburg Confession states that Lutheran Protestants believe saints are worthy of respect as examples of strong Christian faith and moral values, but do not believe that saints can perform miracles or function as personal intercessors to God. This argument undercut one of the main rationales for making pilgrimages, and soon the practice of pilgrimage began to decline in the Protestant parts of Europe. This image depicting the gathering of Protestant leaders and German nobles at the Diet of Augsburg was created to bolster Protestant beliefs during the contentious religious debates of the 17th century.

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