Yesterday, June 25, was the 480th Anniversary of the presentation of the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire. About two hundred people were present for the reading, including an impressive array of subscribing German princes. Fifty years later (1580) the Augsburg Confession was published for distribution.
The Augsburg Confession, along with accompanying documents, is often referred to as The Lutheran Confession and was the critical milestone declaration of the European Reformation. Whether one belongs to a church that confesses it, claims to confess it, uses it as a reference, or claims to be in opposition to it, a reading provides valuable insight into what became the start of the Protestant reformation and was an overwhelming influence on European and world-wide events that continues to this day.
Anniversaries are a good time to reflect back, Recapitulate, to learn what shaped events, nations – and you. Then, using sound sources, mentors and peers, reflect upon where the course of any of those truly erred (if it did!), then commit to using that understanding to pursue a Reformation that corrects errors and returns progress through life to a rightful path.
Often, that Recapitulation and Reformation is assisted by actually studying what influenced others and how they reacted to difficulties in another time – whether their situation had any apparent direct bearing on yours today, or not. Distant events – distant in time, culture or geography – have a remarkable influence on our lives that cannot be discounted, but can inform how we live today.
A new “Reader’s Edition” of the Book of Concord, Concordia – the Lutheran Confessions was published in 2005, with a second edition in 2006, by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, with Paul T. McCain as the General Editor. The CPH link for this edition is http://www.cph.org/p-11428-concordia-the-lutheran-confessions-a-readers-edition-of-the-book-of-concord-2nd-edition.aspx?SearchTerm=book%20of%20concord and an exhaustive website can be found at http://bookofconcord.org/index.php .
Have you studied whatever you say you “confess”?
Are you aware of its impact on history?