An Introduction

Ad Fontes, “to the sources,” was a rallying cry of the Reformation. The Reformers bequeathed to us a heritage, thick in the discourses and tools of humanism, which sought to address the hard questions of theology, philosophy, and culture in a way that was true to the revelation of God’s word and God’s world. Through this journal, we attempt to channel this ethos into a modern context, seeking to explore our questions alongside the great cloud of witnesses and the many exemplars who have gone before us. The goal is to aid ourselves and our neighbors in the wise pursuit of common goods.

Ad Fontes is intended to be a monthly publication. Four of these editions (published quarterly) will contain two larger articles apiece on a common theme to be explored throughout that year. The theme for this year (September ‘16 through August ‘17) is ecclesiology. The other eight editions will contain four shorter articles apiece which will contain biographical sketches, book reviews, and annotated translations.

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Volume II, Issue 2

LUTHER & Melanchthon

In this issue, Christopher Dorn presents Luther’s thinking on the Lord’s Supper and Jonathan Tomes introduces Luther’s theology of beauty in his review of Mark Mattes’ recent book on the topic. Bradford Littlejohn presents an introduction to Melanchthon’s Apology of the Augsburg Confession, finally followed by portions of the Apology itself.



The Gospel Embodied: Luther’s Theology of the Lord’s Supper

Christopher Dorn

Introduction to Melanchthon’s Apology of the Augsburg Confession

Bradford Littlejohn


Apology of the Augsburg Confession

Philip Melanchthon


Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty: A Reappraisal, By Mark Mattes

Review by Jonathan Tomes

Articles from Past Issues