A question of the death penalty in Lutheran confessional books
The text deals with point of view on the capital punishment presented in The Large Cathechism by Martin Luther (1529), The Apology of the Augsburg Confession (1531), The Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope (1537) and The Formula of Concord (1580). Polish scientist rarely rise that subject, in contrast with a problem of the death penalty in Catholicism. I shortly write about circumstances of origin of commented sources. I present justification of the Reformer’s believes whom they contain. I show influence of then German legal system (large application of the capital punishment), the ecclesiastical Tradition, whom the Reformers could not fully reject (St. Austin) and personal situation of Martin Luther (searching for support of lay authorities in order to not be executed as a heretic).