“At the Diet of Augsburg and elsewhere, the Lutheran reformers and their followers proposed further dogma[i] to the church. Many, including groups that the reformers could not simply regard as not-church, did not accept the offer. Thus the Lutheran confessions remain proposals of dogma. If the Lutheran proposals had been ecumenically accepted, there would be no Lutheranism. As it is, Lutheranism is a confessional movement within the church catholic that continues to offer to the whole church that proposal of dogma which received definitive documentary form in the Augsburg Confession and other writings collected in the Book of Concord.”[ii]
[i] “In the proper churchly sense, a dogma is merely a theological proposition addressed by the community to its members, rather than by members to the community” (“An Ecumenical Proposal of Dogma,” Lutheranism, 4).
[ii] Ibid, 5-6.