Fortress Introduction to the Lutheran Confessions

Fortress Introduction to the Lutheran Confessions

by Gunther Gassmann, Scott Hendrix

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Overview

Despite their near-scriptural status, the Lutheran Confessions are not widely used in Lutheran circles, the authors believe, because presentation of them has been too technical for non-specialists. Geared specifically for classroom and parish use, this concise and accessible introductory text includes the latest historical and theological research, sections on contemporary Lutheranism, and discussion questions.

Gassmann and Hendrix expertly present the historical context for the Reformation, in its beginnings and development, as background to the emergence and gathering of the Confessions. Core chapters then explore (1) the structure of faith (Scripture as norm, law-gospel framework, the Trinity, and justification), (2) Christian community (the sacraments, ministry, the nature of the church), and (3) the Christian life (the two reigns, sin, sanctification, eternal life). A final chapter examines the role the Confessions play in today's ecumenical, pluralistic environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800631628
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 03/11/1999
Series: Fortress Introductions
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gunther Gassmann is former Director of the Commission on Faith and Order at the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.Scott H. Hendrix is Professor Emeritus of Reformation History and Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned a PhD in Reformation studies from Tubingen University in Germany, and has chaired the Continuation Committee of the International Congress for Luther Research. Among his many publications are Luther (2009) and Martin Luther: A Very Short Introduction (2010).

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