Large Catechism

by Martin Luther


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"This sermon is designed and undertaken that it might be an instruction for children and the simple-minded." So begins Martin Luther's preface to his book Large Catechism. But this declaration should not scare away any readers, be they old or young, because Large Catechism is a masterpiece of doctrine that clearly explains the basic tenets of Luther's theology. He intended the writings to be read to children in order that they might learn the catechism and begin to memorize it, but the volume has become a beloved tool for teaching new Lutherans of all ages. The doctrines broken down in the Catechism are: The Ten Commandments, The Apostles' Creed, The Lord's Prayer, the sacrament of baptism, and the sacrament of communion. Each is broken down further into its parts (each commandment, the articles of the creed, etc.) and the fundamentals are explained in simple language. This summation of Lutheran doctrine has survived the centuries, and the relatively short document is a necessity for Lutherans and those interested in the founding father of Protestantism.

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Martin Luther
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: November 10, 1483, Eisleben, Germany
Died: February 18, 1546, Eisleben, Germany
Related topics: Biography, Catholic Church, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Early works, Germany
Basic information: (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German monk, priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517.
Popular works: Table Talk, Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, Assorted Sermons By Martin Luther, De Servo Arbitrio “On the Enslaved Will” or The Bondage of Will, Luther's Little Instruction Book: The Small Catechism of Martin Luther

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