I will never forget from the time I started reading Pieper 20 years ago how he simplifies all theology into only 2 religions in the world: (1) the religion of the Law, i.e. works, and (2) the religion of the Gospel, i.e. the Christian religion -- click on the highlighted section # 3 below, and translate it. How those who err in theology hate this simplification! But this is exactly what our Saviour meant when he said:
John 14:6 – I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.Hmmm... that sounds like a good theme for a book titled Mere Christianity, a book which is "often described as the most important defense of Christianity in the twentieth century" (search this phrase on Amazon review here). But did C.S. Lewis, who is often credited for explaining Christianity, simplify it this way?... no, I don't think so. Could it be that C.S. Lewis's Christianity isn't quite as simple as Franz Pieper's Christianity?
Here now is a directory for the cross references for all 3 of Pieper's volumes:
Just a reminder for those less familiar: Pieper's Dogmatics have been one of the standard textbooks for "Missouri Synod" seminarians ever since they were published – in German originally, then in English when translated. So today's LC-MS pastors are familiar with these textbooks and either they follow them,... or more likely, they don't... and even scoff at them... like they do the Brief Statement.
For anyone using these cross reference listings, they should be aware that I consider them an improvement on the original Contents listings for both the English and German editions. I plan to use these listings for future references and have created a new label for them: "Christian Dogmatics".