Oliver K. Olson
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What has happened to confirmation in the Lutheran church? In the past it involved intensive instruction in Martin Luther’s Small Catechism and a final public examination before the entire congregation. Its purpose was to prepare the confirmand for participation in the Lord’s Supper. Nowadays, however, participation in the Lord’s Supper is allowed after a few hours of instruction, and confirmation understood to be–among other things–some sort of completion of baptism. But is that what it is? And was what was done in the past more theologically grounded in Lutheran theology than commonly understood? In this short, but hard-hitting work, noted church historian Oliver Olson explores these questions and arrives at what many will most assuredly understand to be surprising answers!