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Book Title: Small Catechism: A Handbook of Christian Doctrine|
The author of the book: Martin Luther
Edition: Concordia Publishing House
Date of issue: 1943
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I come from a family of Lutherans, but we did not attend church much past my young childhood, and I have to admit I was not well versed in many of the doctrines of the Lutheran Church prior to reading this book.
This small book, set up in a question and answer format, does a remarkably good job of setting down Luther's beliefs for the church, with quoted scriptures to back up his reasoning. The book covers the Ten Commandments, the Apostles'Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Sacraments, Baptism, Confession, and Communion.
I admit that I am glad to have read this book, and it has earned a place on my bookshelf of books from my personel journey of faith and religious studies.
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Read information about the authorMartin Luther was a German monk, theologian, university professor and church reformer whose ideas inspired the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of Western civilization.
Luther's theology challenged the authority of the papacy by holding that the Bible is the only infallible source of religious authority and that all baptized Christians under Jesus are a spiritual priesthood. According to Luther, salvation was a free gift of God, received only by true repentance and faith in Jesus as the Messiah, a faith given by God and unmediated by the church.
Luther's confrontation with Charles V at the Diet of Worms over freedom of conscience in 1521 and his refusal to submit to the authority of the Emperor resulted in his being declared an outlaw of the state as he had been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. Because of the perceived unity of the medieval Church with the secular rulers of western Europe, the widespread acceptance of Luther's doctrines and popular vindication of his thinking on individual liberties were both phenomenal and unprecedented.
His translation of the Bible into the vernacular, making it more accessible to ordinary people, had a tremendous political impact on the church and on German culture. It furthered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the translation of the English King James Bible. His hymns inspired the development of congregational singing within Christianity. His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage within Protestantism.
Much scholarly debate has concentrated on Luther's writings about the Jews. His statements that Jews' homes should be destroyed, their synagogues burned, money confiscated and liberty curtailed were revived and used in propaganda by the Nazis in 1933–45. As a result of this and his revolutionary theological views, his legacy remains controversial.
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