Large Catechism of Martin Luther

Large Catechism of Martin Luther Review

By 1529, the year of publication of Luther's Large Catechism, parishioners took the Gospel for granted. Many had forgotten at what great peril the freedom of their faith had been won. In the Large Catechism Luther set out to inculcate the centrality of the Gospel that was largely neglected and whose freedom was frequently abused. Whether Luther is therefore dealing with the Ten Commandments or the Lord's Supper, the dynamic of the Word of God as Gospel provides the cutting edge for what he says. To obscure the Gospel is to lose everything; to illuminate it is to gain all it promises. But it is not a Gospel with a purely individualistic thrust. To risk all for the Gospel is to relate one's self to society and the Christian community. And it is this corporate dimension of the Gospel, involving him who believes all to serve all, which gives Luther's exposition of the basic ingredients of the Christian faith such significance and relevance. Therefore the Large Catechism is a primary source for an understanding of the Christian ethos in action in Reformation Christianity. The Gospel is particularized. The social situation comes alive in concrete terms in a language whose meaning is unmistakable and clear.

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  • Mwansa Ndemi

    Really good book that explains the basics all Christians need to know and seldom take for granted. Luther takes great pains to explain the basics in sufficient detail and clarity, the only part that i...

  • Kevin Clouse

    This is an excellent book to read along with the Bible. Luther really goes in depth into the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer and the Creed, as well as the meaning behind the Sacraments. Definitely...

  • David

    This is an excellent primer for all Christians on the basic supplements to Christian thought and practice. Found within are commentaries to the ten commandments, the apostles' creed, and the sacrement...

  • Jo

    It has great questions and helps. ...

  • Karin

    Worth reading regularly. I love Luther's forthrightness. Very helpful and explains the Christian Faith and life in such a way that warms my heart. Thank the Lord for Dr. Luther. ...

  • Brent

    I can't recommend it enough....

  • Brad

    Audio book (from librivox.org)...

  • Tagore Martins

    Esse catecismo foi escrito com o objetivo de instruir as crianças e as pessoas simples. Ele apresenta como cenário a necessidade de apresentar, em contraste com o catolicismo medieval, uma breve ins...

  • Joe S.

    I enjoy Luther's leaving the mysteries of faith open to mystery. I sometimes have the impression that theologians want to clarify every piece of doctrine. However, Luther does a nice job of deferring ...

  • James Ruley

    Unsurprisingly, this work is a lengthier take on Luther’s Small Catechism, discussing the Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the sacraments of baptism and communion. Altho...