What is Confessional Lutheranism?

Luther's roseConfessional Lutheranism is a name used by Lutherans to designate those who accept the doctrines taught in the Book of Concord of 1580 (the Lutheran confessional documents) in their entirety because (quia) they are completely faithful to the teachings of the Bible. While most Lutheran denominations consider the Book of Concord as a faithful interpretation of the Bible, Confessional Lutherans maintain that the Book of Concord also helps define how that faith is actually being preached, taught, and put into practice. Confessional Lutherans believe that this is a vital part of their identity as Lutherans.

The term Confessional Lutheran is generally used among the more conservative churches found in groupings such as the International Lutheran Council and the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference. However, churches of the larger Lutheran World Federation subscribe to the Book of Concord as an exposition of faith, in so far as (quatenus) it agrees with their interpretation of the Bible. Continue reading “What is Confessional Lutheranism?”

A brief intro to Lutheranism

Lutheranism is a major branch of Protestant Christianity which identifies with the theology of Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German friar, church reformer and theologian.

Luther’s efforts to reform the theology and practice of the Catholic Church launched the Protestant Reformation in the German-speaking territories of the Holy Roman Empire in the sixteenth century. Beginning with the Ninety-Five Theses, first published in 1517, Luther’s writings were spread throughout Europe. The split between the Lutherans and the Catholics was made public and clear with the 1521 Edict of Worms¬†which condemned Luther and officially banned citizens of the Holy Roman Empire from defending or propagating his ideas. The divide between the Lutheran Reformers and the Roman Church centered primarily on two points: the proper source of authority in the church, often called the formal principle of the Reformation, and the doctrine of justification, often called the material principle. Continue reading “A brief intro to Lutheranism”