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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Cf., on the condemnations, "The Lutheran Position on the Rejections Directed against the "Anabaptists" in the Augsburg Confession of 1530," in Enns and Seiling, Mennonites in Dialogue, Part II.2.
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(1.) The Augsburg Confession (1530)
Both documents set the same conditions for full communion: recognition that both the Lutheran Augsburg Confession and the Book of Common Prayer contain "the essentials of the one catholic and apostolic faith," a common understanding of baptism, Eucharist and the authority of Scripture; and a full acknowledgment of the authenticity of each church's ordained clergy.
"In the 1980s he was even interested in declaring the Augsburg Confession [the first Lutheran declaration of faith] a Catholic document.
At first he was seen by Catholic theologians as a conciliatory spirit who might even be brought back into the fold; but his Apology for the Augsburg Confession showed him to be no less an enemy of the people than Luther.
"Since preaching was the prominent channel of spreading the message, law and gospel also became a principle of Lutheran proclamation." (1) In the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Melanchthon highlighted the law's role to indicate the need for repentance and forgiveness.
This be gathered after explaining Benedict's attitudes to other confessional traditions (Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox) and to controversies internally and inter-ecclesiastically in the aftermath of Vatican II, as well as in ecumenical proposals (such as the Memorandum of ecclesiastical offices [1973], the Fries and Rahner Plan [1983], the Augsburg Confession of Faith [1980], and the "Joint Declaration of the Doctrine of Justification" [1999]).
The West has seen some widely accepted confessions of faith, such as the Augsburg Confession, the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, the Westminster Confession of Faith and so on.