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
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
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
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