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Abstract

The second of two articles (for the first article see Consensus 5,23-28 o 79) dealing with the history and tradition of the Lutheran ministry, this article demonstrates that the centrality of the doctrine of justification, as understood by the Reformers, does not interrupt but undergirds the historic continuity of a Lutheran understanding of the ministry. Support for this view is found in the self-understanding of the Augsburg Confession, which links its articulation of the Christian faith to the great consensus expressed in the classic Christian creeds and affirmed in the centrality of the Pauline doctrine of justification.

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