Kolb, Robert. The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000.
“Introduction to the Augsburg Confession” pp. 27-30.
After Luther was condemned in 1521 various political maneuvers among the Germans provoked church visits in Saxony. In 1528 the Evangelicals published Instructions by the Visitors, primarily written by Melanchthon (Kolb 2000, 27). Meanwhile Charles V, eager to consolidate power, including repelling Turkish forces from Vienna, called leaders to a diet in Augsburg in 1530 (Kolb 2000, 28). To dispel charges that the Lutherans represented the heresies of some other groups, Melanchthon drew up the Augsburg Confession in draft, drawing much material from existing documents. After considerable debate, the confession was subscribed to by “seven Lutheran princes and two municipal governments . . . and presented . . . in the diet on 25 June 1530” (Kolb 2000, 28). The Roman theologians present prepared a “confutation” which wa accepted by the emperor (Kolb 2000, 28). The text of the Confession was released in 1531. It went through some revisions which were then matters of controversy by the 1560s (Kolb 2000, 29). Therefore, many will insist on use of the original text from 1531.
The text of the confession follows, beginning on p. 30.