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Confession of faith
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1. Significance and function

The basic function of the Christian confession of faith is to bear public witness in word and deed to the salvific revelation of God in the person and work of Jesus Christ, as revealed to faith through the working of the Holy Spirit (Revelation). The confession of faith is the fundamental act of both the personal faith of the individual and the faith of the church as a community.…

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Axt-Piscalar, Christine, “Confession of faith”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017460>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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