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The Apology of the Augsburg Confession

by Philip Melanchthon

Translated by F. Bente and W. H. T. Dau

This text was converted to ASCII format for Project Wittenberg by Allen Mulvey. Please direct any comments or suggestions to: Rev. Robert E. Smith of the Walther Library at Concordia Theological Seminary.

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The Apology of the Augsburg Confession (1531)

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Philip Melanchthon's Introduction to the Apology Part One: On Articles I II of the Augustana Part Two: On Articles III IV of the Augustana Part Three: What is Justifying Faith? Part Four: That Faith in Christ Justifies Part Five: That We Obtain Remission of Sins by Faith Alone in Christ Part Six: On Article III: Love and the Fulfilling of the Law Part Seven: Reply to the Arguments of the Adversaries Part Eight: Continuation of: Reply to the Arguments... Part Nine: Second Continuation of: Reply to the Arguments... Part Ten: Third Continuation of: Reply to the Arguments... Part Eleven: Articles Seven and Eight of the Augustana Part Twelve: Article Nine of the Augustana Part Thirteen: Article Ten of the Augustana Part Fourteen: Article Eleven of the Augustana Part Fifteen: Article Twelve of the Augustana Part Sixteen: Article Six of the Augustana (Pt. 1) Part Seventeen: Article Six of the Augustana (Pt. 2) Part Eighteen: Article Seven of the Augustana Part Nineteen: Article Fourteen of the Augustana Part Twenty: Article Fifteen of the Augustana Part Twenty One: Article Sixteen of the Augustana Part Twenty Two: Article Seventeen of the Augustana Part Twenty Three: Article Eighteen of the Augustana Part Twenty Four: Article Nineteen of the Augustana Part Twenty Five: Article Twenty of the Augustana Part Twenty Six: Article Twenty One of the Augustana Part Twenty Seven: Article Twenty Two of the Augustana Part Twenty Eight: Article Twenty Three of the Augustana Part Twenty Nine: Article Twenty Four of the Augustana Part Thirty: A Definition of the term "Sacrifice" Part Thirty One: What the Fathers Thought About Sacrafice Part Thirty Two: Of the Use of the Sacrament and Sacrifice Part Thirty Three: Of the Term "Mass" Part Thirty Four:Of the Mass for the Dead Part Thirty Five: Of Monastic Vows Part Thirty Six: Of Ecclesiatical Power Part Thirty Seven: End



Philip Melanchthon Presents His Greeting to the Reader. Wherefore we believe that troubles and dangers for the glory of Christ and the good of the Church should be endured, and we are confident that this our fidelity to duty is approved of God, and we hope that the judgment of posterity concerning us will be more just.

For it is undeniable that many topics of Christian doctrine whose existence in the Church is of the greatest moment have been brought to view by our theologians and explained; in reference to which we are not disposed here to recount under what sort of opinions, and how dangerous, they formerly lay covered in the writings of the monks, canonists, and sophistical theologians. [This may have to be done later.]

We have the public testimonials of many good men, who give God thanks for this greatest blessing, namely, that concerning many necessary topics it has taught better things than are read everywhere in the books of our adversaries.

We shall commend our cause, therefore, to Christ, who some time will judge these controversies, and we beseech Him to look upon the afflicted and scattered churches, and to bring them back to godly and perpetual concord. [Therefore, if the known and clear truth is trodden under foot, we will resign this cause to God and Christ in heaven, who is the Father of orphans and the Judge of widows and of all the forsaken, who (as we certainly know) will judge and pass sentence upon this cause aright... Continue reading book >>

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