Baier Compendium of Positive Theology

Compendium of Positive Theology by Johann Wilhelm Baier (1647-1695) (1877)

Edited by C. F. W. Walther, St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House, 1877 (Abridged).

The Baier/Walther Compendium served as the systematic theology textbook for the first few generations of Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod pastors. Written in Latin, it is a revised edition of a classic work by the Seventeenth Century Lutheran dogmatian Johannes Baier. This edition contains an english translation of the theses at the head of each chapter. Later editions will offer the full text of the work.


Chap. 1: On the nature and definition of theology Chap. 2: On the principle of revealed theology, or on Sacred Scripture

Part 1 Chap. 1: On God Chap. 2: On Creation Chap. 3: On Angels Chap. 4: On the image of God collected in the first creation of humans Chap. 5: On the providence of God Chap. 6: On eternal blessedness Chap. 7: On death or eternal damnation Chap. 8: On temporal death Chap. 9: On the resurrection of the dead Chap. 10: On the last judgment and the end of the world

Part 2 Chap. 1: On sin in general Chap. 2: On original sin Chap. 3: On actual sins

Part 3 Chap. 1: On the grace of God towards fallen humans, the first principle of our salvation Chap. 2: On Christ, the principal and foundation of our salvation Chap. 3: On faith in Christ Chap. 4: On regeneration and conversion Chap. 5: On justification Chap. 6: On renewal and good works Chap. 7: On the word of law and gospel Chap. 8: On the sacraments in general Chap. 9: On the sacraments of the Old Testament Chap.10: On baptism Chap.11: On the holy supper Chap.12: On predestination and reprobation


Chap.13: On the church Chap.14: On the ecclesiastical ministry Chap.15: On the political magistrates Chap.16: About the domestic state and society, and especially the state of marriage, parents, and masters

This text was translated by Rev. Theodore Mayes and is copyrighted material, (c)1996, but is free for non-commercial use or distribution, and especially for use on Project Wittenberg. Please direct any comments or suggestions to: Rev. Robert E. Smith of the Walther Library at Concordia Theological Seminary. E-mail:
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