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The Augsburg Confession: A Commentary

The Augsburg Confession

A Commentary

Leif Grane (Author)


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A concise commentary, highly useful as an accompaniment to the reading of the Augsburg Confession itself. All who are interested in the doctrinal traditions of the Lutheran Church can find here the means to increase their theological and historical understanding of the text.

The theological perspective of the Augsburg Confession is made clear by comparisons with the writings of Luther and other Reformers, as well as with other main streams of the Christian tradition.

Included for each article of the confession are the English translation of the text, notes on the text, and theological and historical commentary on the meaning of the article. Also included are an extensive introduction to the writing of the confession, footnotes, a selected bibliography, and an index.

In its Danish, Swedish, and German editions this commentary has become a indispensable introduction to this classic confession of the Lutheran Reformation.

Here is a source of fresh insight into the meaning of the Augsburg Confession -- and guidance into the meaning of the gospel for today.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806622521
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.38
  • Pages 256
  • Publication Date March 1, 1987

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition
Translator's Preface


Preface (to the Augsburg Confession)

Part I: Chief Articles of Faith
1. God
2. Original Sin
3. The Son of God
4. Justification
5. The Ministry of the Church
6. The New Obedience
7. The Church
8. What Is the Church?
9. Baptism
10. Lord's Supper
11. Confession
12. Repentance
13. The Use of the Sacraments
14. Ecclesiastical Order
15. Ecclesiastical Rites
16. Civil Affairs
17. The Return of Christ for Judgment
18. Free Will
19. The Cause of Sin
20. Faith and Good Works
21. The Cult of Saints

Part II: Articles in Which an Account Is Given of the Abuses Which Have Been Corrected
22. Both Kinds 23. The Marriage of Priests
24. The Mass
25. Confession
26. The Distinction of Foods
27. Monastic Vows
28. Ecclesiastical Power


Selected Bibliography
Index of Subjects
Index of Names (Selected)