Take the Confessions Test, Version 3

The Third edition of the Confessions test is below! Try it out and test your knowledge of the Lutheran Confessions!

Thanks to Pastor Stephen Schumacher of Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville IL for writing this quiz!

Now no cheating here .. this is a closed-book test, so don’t open up that browser to bookofconcord.org until either BEFORE or AFTER you have done the quiz!

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1. In the Small Catechism how many commandments do NOT begin the explanation with “we should fear and love God so that we do not….”

2. Luther wrote the Smalcald Articles as a theological testament, thinking he was near death.
True False

3. the Table of Duties in the Small Catechism, who is the second group that Luther addresses?
Congregation Members Bishops, Pastors, and Preachers Citizens Hearers Of Civil Government

4. Whose errors are rejected and condemned in Formula of Concord XII because they teach that a Christian who is truly born again through the Holy Spirit is able to keep and fulfill the law of God perfect in this life.
AnabaptistsZwinglians Schwenkfelders Crypto-Calvinists Socinians

5. Which is longer?
Apology of the Augsburg Confession IV on justification Ten Commandments in Large Catechism F.C. Epitome and Solid Declaration on VII. Lord’s Supper

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Take the Confessions Test, Version 3 — 7 Comments

  1. I don’t see that the title “Confessions Test” is an accurate description. “Confessions Trivia Quiz” would seem to fill the bill.
    While this is certainly a fun “memory tester”, it really does not “test” the comprehension level in a way that would be edifying and an enhancement of confessional awareness….except number four which has educational value.


    “Why did Luther prepare a catechism when the Bible was readily available?

    ” What induced the Formula of Concord XII , what was it’s purpose, and to whom was it presented?

    * What was the purpose of the Schmalkaldic League ? What effect did it have on Lutheranism today?

    What did these documents hope to achieve?

    What did they accomplish?

    NOTE: Keep it simple and stimulating in order for those, like myself, to improve our retention of the importance and the significance of these documents at the time they were written and also to this very day.

  2. An interesting quiz for a group claiming a ‘non-piest’ view. I scored perfectly (all wrong) so that might bias my view.
    A truer test would look for the reason BEHIND the correct answer, rather than relying on rote memorization to parrot words when prompted. After all, it’s easier to DO a goog deed than to talk it through.

  3. Hi. I did the test and found out that it works properly only on those who know their American versions of the Book of Concord. My answers were from the basis of our Finnish version and my success was lousy. But this is a matter that you cannot do much about, so maybe I just start visiting bookofconcord.org more often. Still, I didn’t get right answer to question 3, so you got me there…

  4. Those tests are indeed good for those who have learned by rote, they have the greatest chance of answering ad verbatim. However, rote learning [i.e. parrot fashion] is a drill that enables one to regurgitate the lesson, it does not guarantee that one understands the subject material.
    Faith with the Divine gift of understanding makes things much clearer than without same.
    Dr. Martin Luther of blessed memory, wrote first the Small Catechism to teach a much larger field of Christians than what church attendance would accomplish. His Large Catechism ~ less frequently read ~ deals with our faith in more depth.
    Those who are not blessed with an above average IQ understand things simpler, and are greatly aided by Dr. Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms.
    Those who can read, let them read.

  5. I disagree in part with the statement that rote learning is a drill that enables one to regurgitate the lesson. Rote learning is sadly needed in this country. Example I before E except after C still works very well except it is not taught. I agree that it may not teach a particular understanding but that is lifelong work. I am 63, well educated and still find new understanding to things I learned by rote as a child. Example: The Apostles’ Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, The 23rd Psalm, etc. All learned by rote but all with deep, deep meaning. Don’t be so quick to shun rote. Teach the child and the adult will long remember. I still marvel at our 80 and 90 year old communicants in our congregation who can recite from the Book of Concord and the catechism. I became Lutheran as an adult and did not have to learn the catechism. I missed that.

  6. @lutheran lady #5
    I still marvel at our 80 and 90 year old communicants in our congregation who can recite from the Book of Concord and the catechism. I became Lutheran as an adult and did not have to learn the catechism. I missed that.

    The elderly who have memory problems can still recite catechism if they learned it, (they probably did) and follow the Pastor’s prayers when he visits (better if he uses the version they grew up with). Our habit of changing books every generation makes it harder for parents to teach their children and for adults to adapt to new forms when they are old. [None of this would relate to general ignorance of our faith, of course! Or would it?]

    “You don’t need to memorize; you can look it up” ignores the inconvenient fact that the book is seldom as handy as “your head knowledge”. I was assisting catechism memorization one year when a precocious overly “made up” 13 year old, asked the standard: “Why do we have to memorize the Catechism?”
    I said, “Because you won’t have it with you in the back seat of the car.” She looked startled, but there were no more silly questions about memorizing. I hoped she’d remember……

    [The Pastor, of course, wanted them to be familiar with the material so he could elaborate when he instructed them.]

  7. You won’t think learning by rote is a good thing if your Pastor knew the Word, Catechism, and the Confessions by rote but could not apply any of it and let the sheep leave because of it.

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