While Emperor Karl V was constantly absent from the empire, attending to other conflicts, Protestantism was able to spread unhindered. Conflict between the Reformers and the Lutherans arose regarding the use of images in places of worship. The Reformers purged church interiors, while Luther continued to allow images as didactic resources. Luther’s idea, that every believer was himself a priest spread. Farmers for instance, justified their demands for equality with writings from the Bible. Luther rejected these ideas completely.



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