The Hausvater Project

Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

Lutheran Confessions

Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, XII: Other Sects

Namely, for instance, the erroneous, heretical doctrines of the Anabaptists, which are to be tolerated and allowed neither in the Church, nor in the commonwealth, nor in domestic life, when they teach: ...

[17] 8. That under the New Testament the magistracy is not a godly estate.

[18] 9. That a Christian cannot with a good, inviolate conscience hold the office of magistrate.

[19] 10. That a Christian cannot without injury to conscience use the office of the magistracy in matters that may occur [when the matter so demands] against the wicked, neither can its subjects appeal to its power.

[20] 11. That a Christian cannot with a good conscience take an oath before a court, nor with an oath do homage to his prince or hereditary sovereign.

[21] 12. That magistrates cannot without injury to conscience inflict capital punishment upon evil-doers.

[22] 13. That a Christian cannot with a good conscience hold or possess any property, but is in duty bound to devote it to the common treasury.

[23] 14. That a Christian cannot with a good conscience be an inn-keeper, merchant, or cutler [maker of arms].

[24] 15. That married persons may be divorced on account of faith [diversity of religion], and that the one may abandon the other, and be married to another of his own faith.

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