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Luther’s Catechetical Writings: God’s Call to Repentance, Faith and Prayer

Luther’s Catechetical Writings: God’s Call to Repentance, Faith and Prayer

Martin Luther

| Luther Press | 1907

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This book contains Luther’s small and large catechisms, which grew out of practical religious needs, and ultimately out of the institution of the confessional. He was grieved by what he considered the spiritual wretchedness of Christians, and he saw it as his duty to teach them the doctrine of eternal salvation. These catechisms were meant both for schoolchildren and for adults, and Luther believed that they contained all the doctrinal information necessary for salvation.

The three principal parts of the catechism—the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer—was the basis of popular education in the church. Luther valued them highly, declaring that they contained the substance of the Scriptures, all essential homiletic material, and the essentials of Christian knowledge.

Author Bio

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.