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This material includes Gottschalk's Shorter Confession, Longer Confession, and Extant Fragments. As with all of Gottschalk’s work, he wrote the original documents in Latin. The English translations of the Longer Confession and the Extant Fragments are by Ronald Hanko and are used with his permission.
Although Gottschalk’s Longer Confession was composed in prison as an explanation of his beliefs regarding the doctrines of predestination and sovereign grace, the Confession is also written in the form of a prayer to God.
Gottschalk’s intention was to explain, defend, and prove these doctrines that he loved so much, which explains why he would write these things in the form of a prayer. His deep love for the truth was at the same time a deep love for God, and prayer is the chief means by which one directly expresses such love. Thus, Gottschalk’s Longer Confession became the profoundly devotional piece of writing that it is.