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Examination of the Council of Trent - Part III [Hardcover]

Examination of the Council of Trent - Part III [Hardcover]

By Martin Chemnitz (Author)
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Pages   576
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.36" Width: 6.12" Height: 1.59"
Weight:   2.17 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1996
Publisher   Concordia Publishing House
ISBN  0570042291  
EAN  9780570042297  
UPC  078777042295  

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The Examination of the Council of Trent series has been the basis for dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans for centuries. This is the first English translation of Chemnitz's work, which became the standard Lutheran answer to the claims of Rome as set forth at Trent. This volume addresses the Roman Catholic sacraments Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, the Mass, Penance, Last rites (Extreme Unction), Holy orders, and Matrimony.

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Indispensable resource for theologians  Aug 7, 2007
This volume is the third of a four-volume set. In the middle of the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church, seeking to respond to the theological challenges of the Reformation, and especially of Lutheranism, met at Trent, in northern Italy, to formulate its doctrines more clearly in those areas where the Reformers had objected to Roman tradition and practice. In a series of decrees, the council defended Roman doctrine and practice and condemned those who held to the teachings of the Reformers.

The leading Lutheran theologian of the late 16th century, Martin Chemnitz, sometimes called "the second Martin of the Reformation," wrote an exhaustive response to those decrees, the Examen Concilii Tridentini. Originally written in Latin, the book was subsequently translated into German, and, in the 1960's, Fred Kramer, a professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, then at Springfield, IL, now at Ft. Wayne, IN, began translating it into English. Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis published it in the present four-volume set.

Previous volumes covered the basic way Rome does theology in Volume I and its doctrines of the Sacraments in Volume II. This volume takes on some of the most bitterly fought divisions between Rome and the Reformers--celibacy, Purgatory and the invocation of saints, all taught by Rome but denounced by the Reformers. Chemnitz's approach is to look at the council's decrees on these issues, and analyze them in terms of the historical development of the Roman teachings, the Scriptural basis if any for those teachings (he generally finds little if any Scriptural basis and considerable actual conflict between those teachings and Scripture), and the writings of early Church fathers on these subjects.

Absolutely no Lutheran who is interested in the details of theology should be without this series, which is the most detailed Lutheran critique of Roman theology and practice ever written. Roman Catholics owe it to themselves to look at this detailed critique of Roman doctrine and practice, rather than rely on the straw men regularly set up by the Roman church. Protestants of the non-Lutheran traditions can see the basic issues of the Reformation framed more clearly and addressed more thoroughly than in any other book.

The set is not cheap; each volume costs somewhere between $40 and $50. But if you are putting together a theological library, this is one of the classics, belonging next to Augustine's Confessions, On Christian Doctrine and the City of God, Aquinas's Summas, and Calvin's Institutes.
Not for beginners!  Jul 6, 2004
This book, and its companions in the "Examination of the Council of Trent" series, is the best existing examination of current Roman Catholic theology from an orthodox Lutheran point of view. During his examination, Chemnitz also fully illuminates Lutheran orthodoxy and makes a convincing argument that Lutheranism is orthodox Christianity. However . . .

This book is not for beginners. It has all the qualities (good and bad) of great German philosophy - dozens of illustrations for each point, magnificent reasoning, snarky comments about the author's opponents, and did I mention the dozens of illustrations for each point? It is a hard slog of a read.

For most laymen interested in Christian theology, I recommend Edward W.A. Koehler's "Summary of Christian Doctrine". For those wanting a little more meat, try John Theodore Mueller's single volume "Christian Dogmatics". Most pastors and seminary students will go with Francis Pieper's four volume "Christian Dogmatics". Only if you still haven't had enough should you then dive into Chemnitz' works. But if you do make that plunge, you will be well rewarded.

Explains away the Confirmed False Teachings of Rome  Sep 6, 2003
Chemnitz in his own gracious style explores the decisions of the Council of Trent by surveying the landscape of Scripture, the church fathers and the development of Roman Catholic teaching.

The latter is an addition to this third volume of four. Here many of the issues which began the Reformation are addressed: chastity, celibacy, virginity, celibacy of priests, purgatory and invocation/veneration of the saints.

Of course a real Lutheran will adore this magnificent effort. Were to such a thorough work be done on Vatican II. To give but a little flavor of its excellence from the chapters on purgaroty: "From this contrast of the statements of Scripture and the opinions of purgatory it is clear that the fiction of paplist purgatory is not only lacking in documentation and testimonies of Scripture but is such that it diametrically opposes the constant statements of Scripture and its chief passages, overturns the article of justification, changes the goal of salvation, distorts the Word, the sacraments, and the keys of the kingdom of heaven, overthrows true repentance, makes the obedience, death, and the satisfaction of Christ no effect, substitutes a false righteousness and satisfaction, detracts from the goodness of God, perverts the sleep and rest of those who have fallen asleep in Christ into the sharpest torments, takes away sure comfort from consciences, nourishes and strengthen impenitence and carnal security in those who can buy abundant intercessions after death. And briefly--purgatory is the mother, the fountain and origin, of all deceits of the whole papacy."


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