“Controversia et Confessio”

This is a long-term project of the Union of German Academies. It is part of the research programme of the Leibniz Institute of European Histoy and carried out in in cooperation with the Johannes Gutenberg-University and the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. The project will result in a printed edition of selected key texts of the intra-Protestant, especially intra-Lutheran, theological debates between the Augsburg Interim of 1548 and the Formula of Concord in 1577. The debates will be documented in a series of nine volumes, each covering a single debate or, as the project calls it, a single ‘Streitkreis’ or ‘sphere of conflict’. Four volumes have been published yet: the so-called Interimistic (2010) and Adiaphoristic (2012) controversies, the debate surrounding the Wittenberg doctrine of the Lord’s Supper and Wittenberg Christology (2008, with digital Edition here, and the Antitrinitarian controversies (published 2013). The volumes on the Majoristic, Antinomistic, Synergistic, and Osiandrian controversies as well as on the debates on the nature of Original Sin will be published in a two years interval until 2022. The edition is complemented by an online-database with 2,000 bibliograhical entries on the printed sources related to these debates.

Titel Research Project
Controversia et Confessio”. An Edition of Sources for the Development of Confessional Documents and Confessionalization (1548–1580)

Name of the Organizing Institution
Leibniz-Institute of European History (IEG)

Name of Coordinator of the Project
Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel

Duration of the Project

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ReforC-Members are welcome to participate in our project by suggesting improvements of entries in our internet database.


Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel
Leibniz-Institute of Europan History (IEG)
Alte Universitätsstr. 19
D-55116 Mainz

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