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Confessing the Faith: Reformers Define the Church, 1530-1580

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Confessing the Faith 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.

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  • Foreword by the publisher
  • Preface by the author
  • Bibliographical references and indexes
  • Reflection questions

Top Highlights

“Out of this conviction arose their belief that the faith must be confessed publicly. They believed that the Word continues to exercise its power as believers take the Word from the pages of Scripture to apply and confess it in specific situations.” (Page 134)

“Luther’s scholastic education had trained him to assert ideas publicly and to contrast them with the ideas of others.” (Page 25)

“To be human is to confess,’ Arthur C. Cochrane has commented” (Page 15)

  • Title: Confessing the Faith: Reformers Define the Church, 1530–1580
  • Author: Robert Kolb
  • Publisher: Concordia
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 181

Robert Kolb is professor of systematic theology emeritus at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis. He is the coeditor of the translation of the Book of Concord (2000) and of the Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology (2014). He has authored Luther’s Wittenberg World (2018), Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God (2016), Luther and the Stories of God (2012), and Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith (2009).


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  1. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    This is an excellent book covering the period of the development of the Book of Concord. I believe it correctly puts the emphasis on the Augsburg Confession, and as the Lutheran Confession develops, the Author continues to show how the figures involved related back to that original Confession. I enjoy the Author's style and found this book an easy and interesting read. I think he gives good explanation to the various "sides" without being judgemental but trying to highlight strengths and weakness. A good read for those interested in the birth of the Reformation as well as the birth of the Lutheran Church.