Luther's Small Catechism was written by Martin Luther and published in
1529 for the training of children. Luther's Small Catechism reviews The Ten
Commandments, The Apostles' Creed, The Lord's Prayer, Holy Baptism, The Office
of the Keys & Confession, and The Sacrament of the Altar. It is included in
the Lutheran Book of Concord as an authoritative statement of what Lu
This small book, set up in a question and answer format, does a remarkably good job of setting down Luther's beliefs for the church, with quoted scriptures to back up his reasoning. The book covers the Ten Commandments, the Apostles'Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Sacraments, Baptism, Conf...more
The Kindle version translated by R. E. Smith is adequate, but not particularly well arranged. Luther wrote an illuminating preface explaining why he wrote the book. It was not included in this Kindle edition.
In summary, the preface i...more
the original portion written in 1580, is a masterfully simple outline of christian doctrine and sacraments, written to be memorized by the illiterate.
this was luther's response to observing his local bishops "insisting on the observance of (their) human ways" and allowing their parishioners to live like "poor animals of the barn yard or pigpen" while "know(ing) practically nothing of Christian doctrine".
However, parts of Luther's original Small Catechism are omitted (unacceptable given the brevity of that work and the length of this one).
The explanation feels more like an expression of Lutheran theology and piety than it is of Luther's thinking.
Luther's theology challenged the authority of the papacy by holding that the Bible is the only infallible source of religious authority and that all baptized Christians under Jesus are a spiritual priesthood. According...more