Kolb, Robert. The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000.
Epitome “XII Concerning Other Factions and Sects that Never Subscribed to the Augsburg Confession” pp. 520-523.
Solid Declaration “XII Concerning Other Factions and Sects That Never Subscribed to the Augsburg Confession” pp. 656-660.
As a conclusion to the Formula of Concord and to the Book of Concord as a whole, the authors provide a list of some significant doctrinal errors. There follows a blanket condemnation of Anabaptists then a list of the unacceptable teachings of the radical Reformation, sorted by generally intolerable teachings (Kolb 2000, 520), then a list of unacceptable views of public affairs and of domestic life (Kolb 2000, 521). Next comes a list of errors of the Schwenckfelders, the New Arians, and the Antitrinitarians (Kolb 2000, 522). The list of errors bears examination in its own right, as most of the errors are fairly easy to find in any culture.
The document ends with an affirmation by the subscribers that they wish to make sure all their Christian teaching is plain and open, and that it is honest before God and men. The date of the Epitome is 29 May 1577, subscribed by Jakob Andrae, Nicholas Selnecker, Andrew Musculus, Christopher Korner, David Chytraeus, and Martin Chemnitz.
The Solid Declaration observes additionally that the errors of the Anabaptists, Schwenckfelders, new Arians, and Antitrinitarians have been condemned in the past so they were not specifically condemned by name earlier in the Formula of Concord. However, a list of specific errors is appended because teaching from those groups has divided the churches of the Augsburg Confession as well (Kolb 2000, 656). Following these statements come lists essentially as found in the Epitome, but with slightly more elaboration of the erroneous teachings. Finally comes an affirmation very similar to that of the Epitome, and the same subscriptions (Kolb 2000, 660).