Augsburg Confession

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Augsburg Confession:

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[Lat. credo=I believe], summary of basic doctrines of faith. The following are historically important Christian creeds.

1 The Nicene Creed, beginning, "I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and
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Augsburg Confession


exposition of the fundamentals of Lutheranism (in 28 articles, written in German and Latin). The Augsburg Confession was composed with the approval of M. Luther by his closest colleague, P. Melanchthon, and was presented to Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg in 1530. This work established the ceremonial side of the Lutheran cult and the principle of the subordination of the church to the secular ruler. In some of its formulations the Augsburg Confession also retreated from the initial views of Luther. In foreseeing the introduction of a church organization and other matters, the Augsburg Confession reflected the striving of the leaders of the Lutheran movement toward compromise with Catholicism for the joint struggle against the Anabaptists and the adherents of H. Zwingli. The rejection of the Augsburg Confession by both Charles V and the diet was the cause of a prolonged struggle between the Protestant and the Catholic princes of Germany, which came to an end with the religious Peace of Augsburg (1555).


Die Augsburgische Konfession. Edited by T. Kolde. Gotha, 1896.
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The solid foundation established in the "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" may provide both the basis for and model of such transformation, which could result in a signing celebration to recognize the Confessio Augustana (CA) as an authentic confession of the catholic faith in C.
Recognition of the Confessio Augustana by the Roman Catholic Church.
19) The Assembly--conscious of the importance of this initiative-welcomes endeavours which aim at a Catholic recognition of the Confessio Augustana, expresses the willingness of the Lutheran World Federation to engage in dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church on this subject, and requests that the Executive Committee promote and carefully follow the progress of all studies of this matter, its possibilities, its problems, and its wider ecumenical implications.