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Fortress Introduction to Lutheranism

Format: Digital
ISBN: 0800627806


A helpful and accessible guide to Lutheranism's history and central tenents, with numerous photos and illustrations. Small wonder that many are confused about Lutheranism's historical origins, doctrinal affirmation, and ethical directives. Even Lutherans themselves maintains, Eric Gritsch, a leading authority on the Lutheran tradition are not clear about their identity. Some Lutheran consider themselves heirs to a reform movement, others see themselves as members of a denomination or ecclesial institution, and still others are confounded by the tension and miss the tradition's thrust. Fortress Introduction to Lutheranism offers in Part One a concise, well-written overview of this group's history from The Book of Concord to the present and in Part Two a distillation of its teachings as challenges to the reader.

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Key Features

  • Provides a concise overview of Lutheran history
  • Distills the basic teachings of the Lutheran faith
  • Supplements the catechism with additional details


  • The Luther Event
  • The Aborted Reformation
  • Old World Network
  • New World Immigrants
  • Missionary Connections
  • World Lutheranism
  • Proper God-talk
  • Life in the Meantime
  • Formation for Mission
  • The Gift of Unity

Product Details

  • Title: Fortress Introduction to Lutheranism
  • Author: Eric W. Gritsch
  • Series: Fortress Introductions
  • Publisher: Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 144
  • Christian Group: Lutheran
  • Resource Type: Introduction
  • Topic: Lutheranism>

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About Eric W. Gritsch

Eric W. Gritsch (1931-2012) was emeritus professor of church history at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Among his many works are Fortress Introduction to Lutheranism, Lutheranism: The Theological Movement and Its Confessional Writings, Thomas Müntzer: A Tragedy of Errors, and the anthology Martin Luther: Faith in Christ and the Gospel.

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