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Reformers Define the Church, 1530–1580 This book explores the implications of the fact that Lutherans have always viewed themselves as “confessional”—and thus “confessing.” The bold confessions serve as a model and an inspiration for all contemporary Christians who likewise want to proclaim the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

ultimately from doubting God’s Word. The doubt and deception in false teaching must be labeled and countered. Therefore, Luther’s followers did what came naturally to them when they were invited to confess the Word of the Lord at Augsburg. Lutherans Learn to Confess If the Lutheran church was born confessing at Augsburg, it was conceived at Wittenberg in the matrix of the venerable genre of the scholastic disputation. Luther’s scholastic education had trained him to assert ideas publicly and to contrast
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