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Frankfurt Recess

(Frankfort Agreement; Frankfort Book; Formula pacis Francofordianae). Document based on a recommendation of P. Melanchthon* and intended to settle dispute bet. Gnesio-Lutherans* led by M. Flacius* Illyricus and followers of Melanchthon. Signed March 18, 1558, by Elector Otto Henry (Ottheinrich) of the Palatinate, Elector Augustus I of Saxony, Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg, Count Palatine Wolfgang of Zweibrücken, Duke Christopher of Württemberg, and Philip* of Hesse.

In the document the signers confess adherence to the Scriptures, ecumenical creeds, AC, and Ap; treat the doctrines of justification, good works. Lord's Supper, and adiaphora; state resolutions not to divulge new controversies but present them to consistories and supts., not to pub. new theol. treatises without censorship, to prohibit pub. of libelous treatises, to forgive and forget old differences, to depose anyone who taught or practiced contrary to the confession, and to invite other estates to adopt the Frankfurt Recess. N. v. Amsdorf,* at Weimar, and M. Flacius Illyricus, at Jena, opposed the document; P. Melanchthon defended it. See also Lutheran Confessions, C 1.

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