As those books of the New Testament that the entire early church recognized as apostolic, the canonical books of the Old Testament and the homologoumena of the New Testament contain all Christian doctrine. In contrast to the Council of Trent’s condemnation of everyone rejecting any of the books of the Old Testament or of the New Testament that it considers canonical, the Evangelical Lutheran Church has always:
- rejected the false doctrine in the Apocrypha
- recognized that not every true herald of faith alone necessarily considers all the antilegomena as the word of God
Scripture alone—no council can impose its decisions in matters of conscience.
Therefore, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation Martin Luther began in 1517, Dawning Realm will offer devotional material as a guide for reading all the homologoumena between May and December of 2017. More information on the canonicity of the Old Testament and New Testament books is provided by M. Chemnitz (Examination of the Council of Trent, Part I) and by F. Pieper (Christian Dogmatics, Volume I).