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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We must acknowledge both Luther's bitter polemics against his opponents and the condemnations within the Lutheran Confessions themselves.
Likewise Canon XVIII, for as we have seen, the Lutheran confessions are unanimous in declaring the incapability, even of the regenerate, to keep all the commandments of the law--even though still subject to them in the new obedience--prior to the death and resurrection of the body.
In short, both sides affirmed the rightness of their decisions, citing the duplicate writings of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions in their discernment process.
Lutheran confessions generally addressed the critical issues of public teaching or practice under dispute in the church that needed clarification or resolution.
Moreover, widely used treatments of Lutheranism through interpretations of the Lutheran confessions (such as the one used by most Lutheran and other seminarians, Eric W.
"We are in bondage to sin and we cannot free ourselves," he says, offering up one of his favorite Lutheran confessions. "We're all saints and sinners; there's no place in the world like police work to prove that."
Dulles draws on this distinction in a recent essay on the differences between Catholic and Lutheran confessions: "Varying theological formulations must often be considered complementary rather than conflicting." (1) Although sympathetic to the spirit of the essay, my objection is that it fails to give sufficient weight to the possibility of persisting conflicts.
The Lutheran Confessions express liturgical continuity with the wider church.
Wengert reminds us that the Lutheran Confessions of the first and second generation of Lutherans "had legs"; it grew out of parish life.
(5) CONCORDIA, The Lutheran Confessions, Pocket Ed.
Schlink's faith and theology were initially shaped by the Lutheran theological heritage (which he interpreted magisterially in his Theology of the Lutheran Confessions, 1940-68), the concern for the encounter between the Christian faith and the modern human sciences, and the experience of the German church struggle during the Nazi period, when Schlink, an active member of the Confessing Church, was prevented by the state from continuing his academic career.

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