This is Dr. Schmauk’s magnum opus on Christian Confessionalism, a treasure of approachable, Biblically Conservative scholarship.
“This book is written in the belief that the one ultimate authority among men is truth.” – Theodore Schmauk
Theodore Schmauk’s exploration and defense of the Christian faith consists of five parts:
Part 1: Are Confessions Necessary?
Part 2: Confessions in the Church
Part 3: Lutheran Confessions
Part 4: The Church in America
In republishing this book, we seek to introduce this author to a new generation of those seeking authentic spirituality.
Theodore Emanuel Schmauk, D.D., LL.D. (1860-1920) was one of the foremost theologians in American Lutheranism. He was editor of the Lutheran Church Review, president of the General Council and of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia.
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“No Creed but Christ”
“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?”
“Ten Thousand Questions”
“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
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