There is a sufficient basis in the Augsburg Confession for doctrinal and confessional unity among Lutherans. The paper suggests that while sufficient debate has taken place on the theological substance of the Confessions, not enough attention has been focused on their unifying intention. The intention of the Confessions is to make fundamental confession of the faith; to maintain unity and achieve concord; to reduce theological disputation to a minimum; to serve the needs of ordinary people. What is now needed is not to serve men but to practice the unity implicit in our Confessions.
Nostbakken, Roger W.
"Unitas and concordia in the confessions: significance for fellowship among Lutheran churches,"
Consensus: Vol. 7
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholars.wlu.ca/consensus/vol7/iss3/2