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Spowiedź w czasach Reformacji
Confession in the times of Reformation

Author(s): Paweł Matwiejczuk
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Parafia Ewangelicko-Augsburska (Luterańska) w Gdańsku-Sopocie
Keywords: Reformation; confession; sacraments; absolution; Lutheran symbolical books

Summary/Abstract: Confession, understood as confession and forgiveness of sins, is one of the most interesting phenomena of the church. The article presents the re-sults of research concerning the confession at the time of the Reformation, theology of the Lutheran symbolical books in particular. The dynamics of Luther’s and Melanchthon’s theological reflection on the role, form and the person of the administrator of confession was shown. Confession’s functions as a necessary condition for preparing the believers for participation in the Lord’s Supper and a significant factor in pastoral work were also brought into focus. The author reminds that the Reformation restored the rite of gen¬eral confession to the church, without resigning from the individual confes¬sion, the course of which was reconstructed based on the “Small Catechism” and Lutheran iconography from the 16th and the beginning of the 17th cen¬tury.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 207-223
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish