LAJ suggests a blog series on Luther’s classic “Small Catechism.” Good idea. Since, as my colleague Sandy observed, Luther Day doesn’t even rate any greeting cards, even from Christian sources, we’ll honor him that way.
Strictly speaking, as a wise pastor once explained to me, the catechism proper consists of the Bible and creedal texts: the Ten Commandments; the Apostle’s Creed; the Lord’s Prayer; the verses on the sacraments; the verses on vocation in the Table of Duties. Accompanying those, following the classical teaching technique that teaches understanding via dialectic, are questions and answers designed to unfold “what does this mean?”
Luther’s catechism follows a distinct order that is different from earlier catechisms. His is structured like this: Law (the 10 Commandments); Gospel (the Creed); Prayer (the Lord’s Prayer); the Sacraments (Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, Confession); Vocation (the Table of Duties).
We’ll post excerpts for our contemplation and discussion in the days ahead.