This is Dr. Schmauk’s magnum opus on Christian Confessionalism, a treasure of approachable, Biblically Conservative scholarship.
If you simply content yourself with the assertion, “The Bible is my creed,” you are leaving unanswered many of the most important and vital questions of faith and life. When you refuse to take a definite stand on vital issues in the Christian Faith, but say, “The Bible is my creed,” are you really confessing Christ?’
The Bible raises ten thousand questions. If you answer any one of them in your own way only, and without looking farther, and say, “This is what I believe,” you are setting up a personal creed of your own. If you simply content yourself with the assertion, “The Bible is my creed,” you are leaving unanswered many of the most important and vital questions of faith and life. And a Church’s answer, more than your own, must be ample to meet all questions. When you refuse to take a definite stand on vital issues in the Christian Faith, but say, “The Bible is my creed,” are you really confessing Christ, or are you taking the problems of religious life easy, and evading the unpleasant but important doctrines which the Spirit of God has brought to an issue in the development of the Faith and His Church in history? – Theodore Schmauk. The Confessional Principle
The Question of a Confessional Foundation: What is the Question?
How Is The Question To Be Discussed?
What Are Confessions? Definitions.
Does The Church Need Confessions?
Do Confessions Constrict, Or Do They Conserve?
Should Confessions Condemn and exclude?
What Gives The Confession Validity?
Do Confessions Bind?
The Rise of the Confessional Principle in the Church
The Development of The Confessional Principle in The Church
The Confessional Principle In The Augsburg Confession
The History and Tendency of The Confessional Principle in The Church
The Confessional Use of The Word “Symbol”
The Lutheran Confession
The Origin of the Augsburg Confession. Kolde’s Introduction
Melanchthon’s Unsuccessful Attempts as a Diplomatist. Kolde’s Essay
Kolde on the First Known Draft, or Oldest Redaction of the Augsburg Confession, and its Discovery
The Oldest Redaction of The Augsburg Confession
The Hand of God in the Formation of the Augsburg Confession, as shown by the Course of Events in 1529 and 1530, and in the Letters of Luther, and of Melanchthon
The Augsburg Confession Remained Unaltered
The Augsburg Confession: The Further History of its Editions and Manuscripts. Kolde’s Essay, With A Summary of the Argument as it Bears on the Confessional Question, by T. E. Schmauk
Protestantism Under The Augsburg Confession To The Death of Luther
Protestantism From The Death of Luther To The Death of Melanchthon and to the Disintegration of Lutheranism
Melanchthon and The Melanchthonian Principle.
The Need of A Concordia Realized, and its Origin Attempted
The Formula of Concord: its Origin Based on Kolde’s Introduction and on the Formula in Hauck
The Introduction of The Concordia, and The Augustana Preserved
Is The Formula of Concord A Confession?
The Answer of a Providential Origin to the Question - Is the Formula a Confession?
The Answer To The Criticism Made On The Motives and Men, as Touching The Question, Is The Formula A Confession?
The Answer of The Formula’s Outer Form to The Question, Is The Formula A Confession?
The Answer of The Formula’s Subject Matter, Touching The Question, Is The Formula of Concord a Confession?
The Person of Christ and The Formula of Concord
Concordia Is The Church’s Great Confession of Christ.
What The Formula of Concord Accomplished As A Confession of The Lutheran Church.
The Book of Concord. The Facts of its Origin and Publication. Kolde’s Essay.
From the Book of Concord to the Present Day
The Book of Concord and Historical Lutheranism In America.
The Confessional Principle of The Book of Concord and American Protestantism
The Confessional Principle of The Book of Concord and Christian Cooperation
The Confessional Principle of The Book of Concord and The Brotherhood of The Christian Church
The Confessional Principle of The Book of Concord and the Future of the Church In America.
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