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Luther and the Jews

What caused him to be anti-Semitic?

Q: What caused Martin Luther to write and teach the anti-Semitic philosophy attributed to his life history?

A: This is one of the saddest chapters in the life of this great reformer. Antipathy toward Judaism and Jewish people was common in Luther's time and place, and though he may have shared many of the common prejudices, his anger against Judaism, strangely enough, has its roots in his passion for the gospel.

Q: In the creeds, why is the singular "I believe" used in the Apostle's Creed and the plural "We believe" in the Nicene?

A: The Apostle's Creed has a long history of development. It grew out of the Western churches' need for a confession of faith that was succinct, inclusive, could be easily memorized and reflected scriptural teaching concerning God.


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