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According to the opinion of the Reformers, faith and conscience are fundamentally free. However, Luther's demand for non-violent arguments was not always fulfilled. And his own tolerance also had its limitations, which were far more narrow than those later established by the human rights and the constitution. The modern concepts of freedom of conscience and tolerance are nevertheless essentially attributable to the Reformation. The Luther Decade's theme year of 2013 is therefore dedicated to the history, the present, and the future of Reformation and Tolerance.

Very consciously, the perspective will not be limited to history. Like many other religions and philosophies, the Christian faith is fundamentally neither tolerant or intolerant, but is in the process of being lived and shaped. In a pluralistic society, the Reformation's story of learning continues until today – and will go on to develop into the future.