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Examination of the Council of Trent: Part I [Hardcover]

By Martin Chemnitz (Author)
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Pages   706
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.8"
Weight:   2.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1996
Publisher   Concordia Publishing House
ISBN  057003213X  
EAN  9780570032137  

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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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Why you are likely not Roman Catholic today  Oct 19, 2007
Following the death of Martin Luther, the Roman Catholic church held their 19th ecumenical council to answer the threat of the reformation. The canons of the council did not fully explain the rationale behind their actions and the ramifications thereof. So that their decrees might be more widely dispersed, the authorities at the Council of Trent engaged Jacob Payva Andrada to write a popular defense of Trent, which he entitled "Orthodox Explanations of the Controverted Points of Religion". The Jesuits also had a plan to use catholic schools to educate the young, thereby creating Catholic youth, who would grow up into positions of power and retake the Protestant countries from within. The continued existence of the reformation was at stake. One theologian from an obscure seminary authored his four volume "Examination of the Council of Trent." This devastating critique of the theology of Trent has, to this day, gone unanswered by the Roman Catholic Church. As Lutherans say, "Si Martinus non fuisset, Martinus vix stetisset" ("If Martin [Chemnitz] had not come along, Martin [Luther] would hardly have survived"). For this reason, Chemnitz is called the second Martin; and without the second Martin, the reformation would be a curious historical footnote, and the history of the last four hundred years would have been much different.

I disagree with the previous reviewer. I am a layman, and no theologian, but I could follow Chemnitz with ease. Before reading Chemnitz I had an imperfect understanding of the issues involved in the reformation. If you haven't read Chemnitz, you don't know why you are Lutheran, or Protestant, or even Catholic. One of the most important books of the 16th century, it retains its power today. I cannot recommend "The Examination of the Council of Trent" highly enough.
Not for beginners!  Jul 7, 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 and it took me well over a year to finish.

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.


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