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A History of Lutheranism, 2nd ed.

ISBN: 9780800697129


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In a clear, non-technical way, this noted Reformation historian tells the story of how the nascent reforming and confessional movement sparked and led by Martin Luther survived its first battles with religious and political authorities to become institutionalized in its religious practices and teachings. Gritsch then traces the emergence of genuine consensus at the end of the sixteenth century, followed by the age of Lutheran Orthodoxy, the great Pietist reaction, Lutheranism’s growing diversification during the Industrial Revolution, its North American expansion, and its increasingly global and ecumenical ventures in the last century.

From Wittenberg to Tanzania, from Spalatin to Spener to Schmucker, Gritsch tells the story with clarity and verve. This new edition updates all the chapters with fresh research, adds a chapter on new global developments and issues, and adds a rich array of graphics and other teaching tools.

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Key Features

  • Preface by the author
  • Examination of the first history of global Lutheranism
  • Illustrations
  • Bibliographical references and indexes

Praise for the Print Edition

Eric Gritsch knows the core convictions of Lutheranism like few other scholars. This volume does a wonderful job of summarizing a complex story, reflecting the wisdom and learning of its author . . .

—Mark D. Tranvik, professor of religion, Augsburg College

Product Details

  • Title: A History of Lutheranism
  • Author: Eric W. Gritsch
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 352

Eric W. Gritsch (originally Erich Walter Gritsch, April 19, 1931, Neuhaus am Klausenbach) is an American Lutheran ecumenical theologian and Luther scholar.


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  1. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    A history of the Lutheran Church from Luther into the Twentieth Century. Whilst I did find the author's approach a little dry at times, this book does do a good factual coverage of the history of the Lutheran Church especially from the 16th to 19th Centuries. I thought the coverage of the periods of "Orthodoxy" and "Pietism" to be quite well done. However the 20th Century (as noted no real 21st Century coverage even though the book has a 2010 date for the 2nd Edition) seems to concentrate on Europe and USA. Whilst I do agree that these are significant fields of interest - given that the Author himself acknowledges the decline in the West compared to Africa and Asia - I thought much more could be said of the history of Lutheranism in those countries. I must admit, as an Australian Lutheran, I was quite disappointed how little was said about the history of Lutheranism in my region (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea). Though this is a Second Edition, a lot of the "current" facts and figures seem to be still from the mid to late 70s at the latest. I would especially have appreciated seeing the numbers / growth of Lutheranism in Africa and Asia be at least 21st Century figures. This is a worthwhile book to give you the basics of Lutheran History but other sources are probably better if you want "recent" history.


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