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The Small Catechism

Since 1529 Lutheran children have learned the basics of their faith from Martin Luther's Small Catechism, a brief handbook for Christian living. Luther wrote the catechism to help the "common people, especially in the villages, [who] have no knowledge whatever of Christian doctrine." After a brief preface, it includes simple explanations of each line of the Ten Commandments, the Apostle's Creed (a statement of Christian belief dating from about 500 C.E.), and the Lord's Prayer (the prayer Jesus gave his disciples in Luke 11:1). It then answers basic questions about baptism, confession, and the Lord's Supper; provides instruction on daily prayers; and lists Bible verses summarizing the duties and responsibilities of Christians in everyday life.

Bibliography

Bachmann, E. Theodore, and Mercia Brenne Bachmann, eds. Lutheran Churches of the World. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989.

Benne, Robert. Ordinary Saints. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.

Bergendoff, Conrad. The Church of the Lutheran Reformation. St...

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