The Book of Concord is the set of documents that comprise the Lutheran confessions. It is the fundamental beliefs of the Lutheran church. Included are the Preface, Ecumenical Creeds, Augsburg Confession, Apology (Defense) of the Augsburg Confession, Smalcald Articles, Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, Luther’s Small Catechism, Luther’s Large Catechism, Epitome of the Formula of Concord, and Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord. Additionally, there are four appendices to the original Book of Concord of 1580: Saxon Visitation Articles, Catalog of Testimonies, Luther’s Baptismal Booklet, and Luther’s Marriage Booklet. These works are written by four principle authors: Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Martin Chemnitz, and Jakob Andreae.
Click on a name to access Librivox and CCEL audiobooks by a church father: Abelard, Adam of St Victor, Albertus Magnus, Alcuin, Ambrose, Anatolius, Anselm, Apostolic Constitutions, Aquinas, Archelaus, Ariston, Athanasius, Augustine, Barnabas of Alexandria, Barnabas, Basil (CCEL | Librivox), Bede, Benedict, Bernard, Boethius, Bonaventure, Catherine of Genoa, Chrysostom, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, Columba, Commodianus, Cyprian, Dante, Didache, Dionysius of Corinth, Dionysius the Great, Epiphanius, Eusebius, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Gregory of Tours, Gregory the Great, Francis of Assisi, Hermas, Hermias, Hippolytus, Ignatius (Martyrdom), Irenaeus, Isaac of Ninevah (Assyrian), Jan Hus, Jerome, John Cassian, John of Damascus, John Wycliffe, Josephus (late Jew), Julian, Julius Africanus, Justin Martyr, Kassia, Lactantius, Leo I, Macarius, Mathetes, Meister Eckhart, Minucius Felix, Nicholas of Cusa, Origen, Pacian, Palladius, Pamphilius, Papias, Patrick, Petrarch, Polycarp (Martyrdom), Pope Anastasius I, Pseudo-Dionysius, Quadratus, Richard of St Victor, Roger Bacon, Romanos, Rufinus, Stephen the Sabaite, Tertullian, Theodoret, Victorinus of Pettau
Relevant Classical Philosophers
Many of the greatest theologians in the history of the church were well-read in philosophy, and even used it to build their theology. With few exceptions (namely Tertullian– influenced by Stoics), church fathers and medievals utilized Pythagorean (Py), Socratic (S), Platonic (Pl), and Peripatetic (Aristotelian (A)) philosophy. The pre-socratics and Sophists are also useful context for understanding these schools. Click on a name to access Librivox audio books by a philosopher of one of these schools of thought: Pythagoras (Py), The Life of Apollonius of Tyana (by Flavius Philostratus) (Py), Aristophanes’ The Clouds (S), Xenophon (S), Plato (original Confessing Lutheran recordings of Halcyon and Epigrams also available) (Pl), Lucius Apuleius (Pl), Plotinus (Pl) Plutarch (Pl), Porphyry (Pl), Proclus (Pl), Al-Ghazali (A), Aristotle (A), Athenaeus (A), Maimonides (A), Pseudo-Aristotle (A), Theophrastus (A), Diogenes of Laertius (historian).
An original Confessing Lutheran recording. The Four Articles of Prague are the original confession of the Hussite (Moravian) Church. Written in 1420, they discuss the abuses of the Western church in their time. This edition was recently organized and edited by Seth Kasten (a contributor to this blog) and is the first complete English translation of the document.
An original Confessing Lutheran recording. A short booklet concerning baptism as an appendix to the Small Catechism. The work talks briefly of theology and includes a baptismal rite.
Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German monk, former Catholic priest, professor of theology and seminal figure of a reform movement in sixteenth century Christianity, subsequently known as the Protestant Reformation.
An original Confessing Lutheran recording. A short booklet concerning marriage as an appendix to the Large Catechism. The work talks briefly of theology and includes a marriage rite.
An original Confessing Lutheran recording. A series of three essays by CFW Walther concerning the doctrine of Predestination in response to the controversies in his time in the Lutheran church. Walther perceived synergism among some Lutheran teachers and responded to them in many works, among them these three.
Meditationes Sacrae was first published in Latin in 1606 when Gerhard was only twenty-two years old. It consists of 51 brief meditations on various aspects of the Christian life. Nearly four hundred years after its first appearance, it remains the only work published by such a young author that has stood the test of time. Frequently reprinted in Latin, it has also been translated into most European languages as well as Greek and Arabic. While not a large book, it is impactive beyond its size.
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers are a classic in the traditions of the Eastern Fathers and offer insight into monastic theology in the early church. This collection was remastered by Confessing Lutheran from a recording on YouTube to remove noise, maximize audio consistency and volume, increase reading speed to a more natural level, and correct metadata.
Ambrose’s On the Duties of the Clergy is a lengthy work on needed virtues of clergymen. He discusses a wide range of matters, drawing on scripture and experience to demonstrate the high bar set for men in the office. This collection was remastered by Confessing Lutheran from a recording on Librivox to remove noise, maximize audio consistency and volume, and correct metadata.
Scholia audio hosts audiobooks by Martin Luther, CFW Walther, Franz Pieper, G. H. Gerberding, and other historic Lutheran authors.
This short, anonymous work is thought to have been written in the 1300s by a member of the lay-religious group called ‘The Friends of God.’ Its central teaching is that humans can become one with God by living a holy, selfless life in which our will is subsumed into God’s, of which Christ is the ultimate example. Martin Luther discovered, named, and published Theologia Germanica in 1516, declaring that, “Next to the Bible and St. Augustine, no book has ever come into my hands from which I have learnt more of God and Christ, and man and all things that are.”