Book of Concord


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Book of Concord,

name under which the collected documents of the authoritative confessions of faith of the Lutheran Church were published in 1580, the 50th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession. The Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian creeds were included with the particular Lutheran confessions that had appeared from 1530 to 1580. These were the Augsburg Confession, Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Schmalkald Articles, Luther's Larger and Smaller Catechisms, and the Formula of Concord.
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Thus, out of this Saxon impetus, with the aid of other Lutheran churches and princes, the Book of Concord was produced, climaxing long efforts to reconcile the various positions in these disputes through the Formula of Concord.
The authors and sponsoring governments that had invested so much in creating the Book of Concord clearly intended it to serve as a settlement of the controversies that had divided their churches and as an official public standard for what was to be taught and preached in their lands.
When Glaser undertook the composition of the index of the Book of Concord, he was designing an instrument for guiding use of the volume that was familiar to clerical readers in Saxony.
See his "Concerning Rebaptism," LW 40,241-46; 254-58 and his "Large Catechism," Book of Concord, 462-64.
See further "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church," LW 36,40-43 and Book of Concord, "Large Catechism," 470.
Having said that, however, it is important to emphasize that the author makes a great effort to include the latest work, making sure in the second volume to include extensive references to research on the Apology by Christian Peters and on the reception of the Book of Concord itself by Irene Dingel.
The document adopted by the assembly listed several reasons for their departure from the Synod: Ohio's favorable disposition toward unionism, the retention of the problem distribution formula in the Lord's Supper, the refusal to require a vow to the Book of Concord in ordination, the practice of licensing candidates for a specific period of time rather than issuing a call, and the toleration of some Reformed congregations in the membership of the Synod.
In this letter Walther noted that such a body should be marked by six characteristics: (1) it should be based on the Lutheran Symbols as contained in the Book of Concord and, if possible, the Saxon Visitation Articles (24); (2) it should eschew all syncretistic activity; (3) it should guard and promote the unity and purity of Lutheran doctrine; (4) it should be a consultative, not a judicial, body; (5) it should give the laity rights as well as the clergy; and (6) it should allow each congregation to pass judgment on the synod's decisions.
Jacobs, a professor first at Gettysburg College and later at the seminary in Philadelphia and a translator and editor of The Book of Concord, had been asked to assemble Luther's comments on the Third Commandment by his church, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, and by the General Council to which it belonged.
Small Catechism, Preface, 19-20, in The Book of Concord, 350.
The central document in The Book of Concord is the Augsburg Confession.
It would be a great gain for Lutheran congregations if this new edition of The Book of Concord were to inspire renewed study on the part of pastors and church members.