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View of Christianity of The Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church has a precise view of Christian life. It is a manner of perceiving, receiving and living the truths of Christianity and embracing the mystical union with Him who is the beginning and the end of all truth. More accurately identified today as The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it was founded in 1988 as a merger of the Lutheran Church in America, the American Lutheran Church and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. After the Church of England, Lutheranism is considered by many theologians as the most conservative of the Protestant denominations, and some followers prefer the title "Church of the Augsburg Confession" ("confession" being more preferable than "denomination") than any combination of "Evangelical" or "Lutheran." The Lutheran Church is the third largest Protestant denomination (with more than 8 million followers) in the United States, after Baptists (31 million) and Methodists (13.5 million).

In the beginning, Lutheranism was based on the writings of Martin Luther (1483-1546), who broke with the Roman Catholic Church at the time of the Reformation (October 31, 1517), when he nailed his 95 "theses" on the Cathedral door of Wittenberg in Germany. The Lutheran heritage, shaped by the Churches' traditions in Western Europe, is more accurately defined by the Lutheran Confessions (which contained the three ecumenical creeds: Apostles', Nicene and Athanasian), which were 16th Century statements of faith (of which only three contained the thoughts and writings of Luther) and were, in 1580, gathered into the Book of Concord, which followers refer to as The Confessions.

Lutherans share with Orthodox Christianity the Trinity and Person of Christ and Augustine's doctrine of Original Sin. The doctrine has been described as follows:

According to some authorities, he (Augustine) thought that original sin consisted in unruly concupiscence, especially sexual concupiscence . . . Others,...

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