The Augsburg Confession and the Apology of the Augsburg Confession with Key Historical Documents: The Concordia Reader's Edition
The Augsburg Confession and the Apology of the Augsburg Confession hold the foundational statements of Lutheran theology, making them important for every Lutheran to read and understand. The history surrounding the necessity for the creation of these documents is equally important. In The Augsburg Confession and the Apology of the Augsburg Confession with Three Key Historical Documents you can begin to understand not only the foundations of Lutheran beliefs, but also the history surrounding the Reformation.
The three key documents included alongside the Augsburg Confession and the Apology are:
Luther’s Exhortation to the Clergy in Augsburg: Luther’s version of the Augsburg Confession, written in clear and concise language for all to read and comprehend.
Johann Eck’s 404 Theses: Eck’s arguments against Luther’s teachings and for the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Pontifical Confutation: The Roman Catholic response to the Augsburg Confession, prompting the Apology of the Augsburg Confession to be written.
Each document includes an editor’s introduction to the key components of the document along with the history surrounding it and potential important contributors. Historical imagery is scattered throughout not only to show important figures, but also give a glimpse into the time period via artistic representation.
“Anyone interested in the history of the Reformation will find this collection useful, but it will be particularly important for those who make the Augsburg Confession and its Apology their own confession of faith. Genuinely Lutheran Christians and churches take their place with the generations of other Lutherans who, for nearly five hundred years, have taken their stand for the truth of Holy Scriptures as it is so clearly, powerfully, and beautifully summarized and articulated in these statements of faith.”
-Rev. Paul T. McCain in the Publisher’s Introduction.