I. The controversies which the Formula of Concord was mean to settle, had produced incalculable mischief in the Church, and absolutely needed settlement, if the Church was to be saved.
1. The time was one of mighty agitations and of strong convictions. Every question involving doctrine was regarded with an intensity of feeling, which a cold and skeptical age is unable to understand. God’s least word was something for which men would spend their years in battle, would take joyfully the spoiling of their goods, would abandon their homes for exile, and would ascend the scaffold. They resisted unto blood on the division of a hair, if they believed the hair to belong to the head of Truth.
Charles Porterfield Krauth
The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology