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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which points toward ways in which Martin Luther's followers conceived of the interaction of God in the various forms of his means of acting, his Word, with sinners. The Lutheran view of human creatures also defined them as sinners who live in defiance of God. In the broader discussion of the relationship between culture and church spurred by study of "confessionalization," the sub-culture of the church as an institution and the social relationships within its own distinctive cultural forms have too often fallen to the side. The book hopes to aid those who wish to study how church life developed in the wake of the Reformation and how church leaders sought to cultivate the institutional activities and interactions of the congregations with their members as well as the governing structures that supervise congregational life within cultures where the Lutheran confession existed.

Keywords:confessionalization; ecclesiastical cultures; God; Martin Luther



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