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Luther’s Small Catechism, with Proof-Texts, Additions and Appendices: For the Use of Church, School and Family

Luther’s Small Catechism, with Proof-Texts, Additions and Appendices: For the Use of Church, School and Family

Martin Luther

| Lutheran Book Store | 1882

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Martin Luther’s small catechism includes sections on the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the Office of the Keys and Confession and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. This edition provides proof texts for each thought presented in the catechism, as well as hymns and chants. A chronological summary of biblical history is included to aid the student in reading the Bible as a continuous historical account. Although originally published in 1529, Luther’s Small Catechism remains in use in churches today.

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Martin Luther (1483–1546), one of the most significant figures in Western history, was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation. Over the course of his life, Luther was a monk, a priest, a professor of biblical literature, a Reformer, a husband, and a father.

Luther is most noted for his Ninety-Five Theses (1517), in which he argued that indulgences were not acts of penance which could replace true repentance. His refusal to retract all his writings, demanded by Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521, resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor.

Luther has been both praised and vilified for what he preached and wrote. Luther’s translation of the Christian Bible into the vernacular greatly influenced the church. His works continue to impact all Christians and animate the movement that bears his name. Luther’s Works (55 vols.) contains many of Luther’s writings, including commentaries, sermons, and lectures.