Luther's Little Instruction Book: The Small Catechism of Martin Luther

by Martin Luther


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Small Catechism is the abridged version of Luther's Large Catechism. Written in the traditional catechism form of a query followed by an answer, these brief Q and As explain the backbone of Lutheran theology. The question asked for each section of the Ten Commandments, Apostle's Creed, and Lord's prayer is "What does this mean?" while the sections on the sacraments include questions like "What does baptism give?" and "How can physical eating and drinking do such great things?" The book is a quick and helpful guide to common practices in the Lutheran church, and is best used as reference or for memorization purposes. Those looking for more complete explanations of Lutheran theology should refer to Luther's Large Catechism.

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Martin Luther
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Born: December 10, 1483, Eisleben, Germany
Died: March 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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