Commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

The presentation of the Augsburg Confession was a decisive moment, one long in coming. It is important to understand the history leading up to the Imperial Meeting at Augsburg [on June 25, 1530]. Nine years earlier, on April 18, 1521, at the Imperial Meeting in Worms, Charles V had listened as Martin Luther refused to(…)

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Commemorating Philip Melanchthon

Today we commemorate the birth of Philip Melanchthon (born on February 16 in 1497)—author, humanist, reformer, theologian, and educator.  In 1521, Melanchthon published the Loci Communes, of which Martin Luther once said: “Philip Melanchthon’s invincible little book on Loci Theologici in my judgment is worthy not only of immortality but even of the Church’s canon.”(…)

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Melanchthon’s Commonplaces and the Translating Process: An Interview with Dr. Christian Preus

In his first project for Concordia Publishing House, Dr. Christian Preus took on the translation of the 1521 edition of Philipp Melanchthon’s Loci Communes, published under the title Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521. The following interview introduces this essential theological text, its author, and its translator.

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Praise for Melanchthon’s 1521 Commonplaces

Martin Luther called Philip Melanchthon’s most important work, Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521, worthy of immortality. This lively, accessible English translation by Christian Preus includes an introduction that delves in to the history of this important contribution to the Reformation movement, as well as extensive footnotes that explain the people and concepts used by Melanchthon to explain the(…)

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Why are so many great Lutheran books called “Commonplaces” or “Loci”?

Many classic Lutheran books of theology have similar titles. Johann Gerhard wrote Theological Commonplaces [Loci theologici]. Martin Chemnitz wrote a book of the same title [Loci theologici]. And Philip Melanchthon, Luther’s right-hand man in the Reformation, wrote his Commonplaces [Loci communes] in 1521. (He later changed the name to Chief Theological Topics [Loci praecipui theologici].)(…)

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Discover the Book Luther Called Worthy of Immortality

Arguably, Philip Melanchthon’s most important work, Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 is the first Lutheran work of “systematic theology,” providing a thoughtful yet succinct summary of the Word of God. In these pages, Melanchthon explains the central themes of Scripture, following the outline of the Book of Romans. This lively, accessible English translation includes extensive, helpful(…)

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