This unit is an introduction to the Lutheran Confessions as contained in the Book of Concord. It concentrates on the overall content of the Lutheran Confessions, especially the Augsburg Confession and the Apology, the Smalcald Articles and Luther’s Catechisms, to help students appreciate the background and main themes of the confessions for the study of theology and for the life of the church.

Unit code: CT8005L

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the basic tenets of the Christian faith as expressed in the Lutheran symbols (the Book of Concord)


Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the major theological teachings of the Lutheran Church and their historical development


Explain the structural centrality of the doctrine of justification for the theology of the Lutheran Confessions generally and for the Augsburg Confession and its Apology in particular


Critically reflect on the theology of the Lutheran Confessions’ deeper internal integration and unity, and their implications for vocational life and service in the Christian church


Research theological themes, using appropriate primary and secondary sources

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 8 unit in postgraduate theology and ministry courses


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies (lecturer input, seminar discussion, group analysis exercises) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Arand, Charles P., et al. The Lutheran Confessions: history and theology of the Book of Concord. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2012.
  • Fagerberg, Holsten. A new look at the Lutheran Confessions (1529–1537). Translated Gene J. Lund. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 1972.
  • Gassmann, Gunther, and Scott Hendrix. Fortress introduction to the Lutheran Confessions. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress, 1999.
  • Grane, Leif. The Augsburg Confession: a commentary. Trans. John H. Rasmussen. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1987.
  • Kolb, Robert, and Timothy J. Wengert, eds. The Book of Concord: the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Translated by Charles Arand et al. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2000.
  • Maurer, Wilhelm. Historical commentary on the Augsburg Confession. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1987.
  • Schlink, Edmund. Theology of the Lutheran Confessions, Philadelphia, PA: Fortress, 1961. (Republished 2003, St Louis, MO: Concordia)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Close study (including class presentation) of an article of the Augsburg Confession

1800 25.0

Theological keys to understanding the Lutheran confessions

3000 50.0

Confessing the faith then and now

2200 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-05 11:08:35 +1100