(Corpus Sociorum Augustanae Confessionis). Organization formed gradually by delegates from ev. states in the Holy Roman Empire to imperial diets; its purpose was to defend and promote ev. interests. From the outset evangelicals made common cause in religious matters at the diets and occasionally made pacts (e.g., at Regensburg 1524, Torgau 1526). The Corpus Evangelicorum was formally organized July 22, 1653; its presidency became permanently attached to Saxony; it ended 1806 at the dissolution of the empire. See also Corpus Catholicorum.
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