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Augsburg Confession

Augsburg Confession, Latin Confessio Augustana, is the basic confession of the Lutheran churches written by Philipp Melanchthon, to the Reichstag in Augsburg on 25 June 1530, addressed to the emperor Charles V. With the Augsburg Confession, the reformers initially attempted to regain communion with the Catholic Church. The goal of this document was to became ecumenical. Subsequently, however, it become the central confession of the Protestant churches with Lutheran character and could not prevent the schism.

A group of Protestant princes and cities signed the Augsburg Confession. The final declaration emphasizes the conformity with Holy Scripture and the beliefs of the ancient Church. In its present form, the Augsburg Confession has 28 articles, the first 21 doctrines set forth the justification of Martin Luther. The remaining seven articles deal with the abolition of certain ecclesiastical customs. In the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Melanchthon presented by the theological basis of the confession. Melanchthon formulations aimed at a conciliatory dialogue with opponents. They avoided therefore aware of some contentious arguments, such as the belief in purgatory or the power of the Pope.

The Augsburg Confession preserves its validity until today. However, its doctrinal convictions reflect the time and thinking of the 16th century, most part of the mentioned doctrines of the church is not in practice nowadays. Through the doctrinal discussions between the various churches convictions no longer give the current status of the relationship among the churches again.

The Augsburg Confession has preserved its validity until today. But his doctrinal convictions are from the times and the thought of the sixteenth century, and today largely affect more than the doctrines of the churches which were addressed. With the doctrinal dialogue between the different Churches, the sentences no longer reflect the current state of the relations between the churches have them.