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A Documentary History of Lutheranism: Volumes 1 and 2

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This unique collection of excerpts from Lutheran historical and theological documents—many translated here for the first time—presents readers with a full picture of how the Lutheran movement developed in its thought and practice.

The editors’ judicious selections and helpful introductions acquaint readers with both the enduring characteristics and changing features of this revolutionary Christian movement, always with an eye to how it affected and was experienced by ordinary people. Volume one covers the period from the Reformation to the rise of Pietism. Volume Two analyzes the evolution of post-Enlightenment Lutheranism as it spreads to all the religions of the world.

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Key Features

  • Curated collection of essential documents for the history of Lutheranism
  • Expert selection and editing
  • Never before translations of important Lutheran texts


  • Volume One
    • Crises and Controversies During Martin Luther's Lifetime
    • The Dissemination of the Reform Message
    • The Implementation of Reform Proposals
    • The Church's Struggle for Survival
    • Factionalism in the Late Reformation
    • Theology in the Age of Orthodoxy
    • Seventeenth Century Develotional Literature and Hymnody
    • Lutheran Pietism
    • The Reformation in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe
  • Volume Two
    • The Impact of Enlightenment Rationalism
    • Church Life in Germany in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
    • Luterhan Biblical Scholarship and Debates about the Historical Jesus
    • The Revitalization of Lutheranism in Nineteenth Century Europe
    • Lutherans in North America, 1619—1865
    • Nineteenth Century Liberal Lutheranism
    • Church Struggles in Europe During the Wars of the Twentieth Century
    • Lutheran Theology in Twentieth Century Europe
    • Lutherans in America, 1865-2016
    • Lutherans in Scandinavia, 1750—Present
    • Lutheranism as a Worldwide Movement
    • Lutherans, Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue

Praise for the Print Edition

Offering a panorama of Lutheranism’s resilience and growth over the last five hundred years, this book engages readers with the pulse of Lutheranism’s most significant leaders and their responses to movements such as the Enlightenment, industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and globalization. Lund's and Granquist's introductions to each chapter provide a context for each of the selected readings and so make them accessible and relevant.

—Mark Mattes, Grand View University, Des Moines

About the Editors

Eric Lund is professor of the history of Christianity at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, where he has taught for twenty years. His publications have concerned Reformation, the history of spirituality, and William Tyndale.

Mark Granquist is associate professor of church history at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously, he taught at St. Olaf College (1992–2000) and Gustavus Adolphus College (2000–2007). Among other books, he is the author, with Maria Erling, of The Augustana Story: Shaping Lutheran Identity in North America (Fortress Press, 2008).

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