The Book of Concord

brotim Wed, 2018-11-21 13:58

The Book of Concord was first published to heal the divisions that had broken out in the Lutheran movement after Martin Luther’s death. After two political conferences (in 1558 and 1561) had failed to produce an agreement, the Lutheran rulers in Germany entrusted the project to several theologians, who produced the Formula of Concord, essentially an interpretation of the Augsburg Confession.

The Book of Concord consists of: (1) a preface signed by 51 electors, bishops, princes, and nobles of the Holy Roman Empire and representatives of 35 free imperial cities; (2) the three ecumenical creeds (Apostolic, Nicene, and Athanasian); (3) the unaltered Augsburg Confession (1530) and (4) its Apology (1531); (5) the Schmalkaldic Articles (1536–37); (6) Philipp Melanchthon’s Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope (1537); (7) Martin Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms (1529); (8 and 9) the Epitome and Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord (1577); and (10) the Catalogue of Testimonies (1580), a supplement of citations from the writings of early Church Fathers.