Concordia Journal

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Making Sense of Confessionalism Today

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Concordia Journal, Winter 2015, volume 41, confession, Augsburg Confession, creeds, Sasse

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Okamoto states that problems with confessionalism come from taking the Confessions for granted. He suggests making the confessions our own by seeking to explain and defend them for our time and place. The Apology of the Augsburg Confession should remain in force, but a twenty-first Apology could provide a contemporary explanation for current circumstances. This would be a way to appropriate the confessions as confessions, not merely as doctrinal standards, and would be a constructive rather than defensive approach.


Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

John 3:16; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Romans 16:17; Matthew 16:16; Acts 4:8-12; Romans 10:9; John 20:31; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Corinthians12:3; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Romans 10:4-17; Matthew 28:18; John 5:19–28; Matthew 9:2–8; John 20:21–23; Acts 2:14-41; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:21; Joel 2:32; Matthew 10:32;

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Ministers; Scholars

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Hermann Sasse,