Emerging from the heart of the Reformation, the Lutheran denomination, with its rich theological history, has had a significant influence on Christian thought. Its deep German roots gave it the theological and literary backbone it needed to produce high-caliber seminaries, schools, and formal church education programs. As the denomination and its influence grew, many Lutheran theologians found their writings in high demand, and German-Lutheran writers frequently had their works translated or reproduced in multiple languages. Represented here in the Lutheran History Collection are four volumes that were specifically designed to increase knowledge of the Lutheran faith and share with English-speaking ministers the theological treasures being discovered in Germany.
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Historical Lutheran texts written by leading Lutheran scholars
German theological texts in translation
In-depth analysis of American Lutheranism
Discussions and biographies of key Lutheran figures
After its first publication in 1903, A Brief History of the Lutheran Church in America quickly became a part of the curriculum in nearly all Lutheran theological seminaries in America. This second edition doubled the size of the original text as Juergen Neve gained access to a greater knowledge base and the demand became more apparent. Neve wished to provide an objective history of each synod in the American Lutheran church—one that wouldn’t magnify or minimize the merits of any in particular, including his own. To this end, he accepted a number of contributions from scholars and theologians more knowledgeable on the histories of particular synods Neve himself didn’t have access to, especially those that did not have previous historical literature.
Professor Geo. J. Frischel
Professor E. Hove
Reverend J. A. Bergh
Professor G. M. Bruce
Professor Geo. Scerdrup
Professor P. S. Vig
Reverend O. Engel
Professor O. Lincke
Dr. A. G. Voigt
Professor L. Fuerbringer
Dr. G. A. Schodde
Dr. J. K. Nikander
Dr. B. E. Jonsson
Reverend G. Bessler
Juergen Ludqig Neve (1865–1943) was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1888, and served as a professor of church history at the German Theological Seminary of the General Synod from 1887 to 1892. For the next seven years he was the pastor of Bremen, near Chester, Illinois, before returning to academia as professor of church history and symbolics at Western Theological Seminary in Achison, Kansas. In 1909, he became professor of symbolics and history of doctrine at Hamma Divinity School in Springfield, Ohio, where he served until his death in 1943. He is the author of Churches and Sects of Christendom, The Lutherans in the Movements for Church Union, Story and Significance of the Augsburg Confession on Its Four Hundredth Anniversary, and coauthor of A History of Christian Thought.
In the early twentieth century, German theology was highly sought after for its impact on the Christian world, highly misunderstood because it was often so difficult to translate, and feared because of the massive ideological divisions arising in World War I. As access and exposure to German theology increased due to more translations being produced and more people learning German, it became apparent that this country’s theological writings had much to offer the whole body of the Christian church. As the British translator Theodore Meyer phrased it, “Germany [was], with an envious eye, looked to as the El Dorado where a youthful and free theology [was] thriving and prospering.”
Internal History of German Protestantism offers some of the finest historical records of Germany’s theological development, covering illuminism, “the renovation,” mediation theology, the church’s self-renovation, and the theologians who shaped Germany’s development and growth.
This book, which is not only written with a fresh vitality, energetic power, and deep interest and sympathy, but is also founded on the most thorough preliminary studies, honors its author as much as it does the cause of the church of which he is a minister, and from the bosom and heart of which this testimony has sprung forth. Two things, especially, distinguish this work—first, the decision, which does not in the least derogate from and compromise the cause of the Lord and His Church; and, secondly, the true impartiality, and the willingness, undisguised and confirmed by deed, joyfully, and without envy, to acknowledge all that is in any way commendable. And closely connected with this is his charity in judging of human weaknesses, errors, and mistakes, so that the saying of the old Roman poet: ‘Homo sum, et nihil humani a me alienum puto,’ is, in a Christian manner, confirmed and purified.
—Zeitschrift für Lutherische Theologie u. Kirche
Karl Friedrich August Kahnis (1814–1888) was a German Neo-Lutheran theologian. He came from a poor background and was educated in Greiz. He then became a private tutor for a few years before studying theology at Halle. In 1860, he became canon of Meissen Cathedral and from 1864 to 1865 he was rector of Leipzig University.
At the time Missionary Heroes of the Lutheran Church was put together, little was known about the rich missionary heritage of Germany and Scandinavia. At the same time, and partly because of that, little was known about the mission work of the Lutheran Church. This text offers sketches of the lives of eight Lutheran missionaries and seeks to inspire young people who wish to make the most of their lives for God and those around them.
Luther Benaiah Wolf
Charles E. Hay
W. W. Criley
Jacob A. Clutz
Reverend E. G. Howard
Who are they? Some are well known like Ziegenbalg and Schwartz. Others are not familiar names, but are worth knowing—Heyer, Officer, Rowe, Harpster, Day, and Kinsinger . . . Each was well-known in his own church, and some had a worldwide reputation. Each life story carries its own lesson and inspiration.
—The Missionary Review
Luther Benaiah Wolf was a missionary in India for 24 years, and served as general secretary for the Board of Foreign Mission of the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He is the author of After Fifty Years in India.
The American Lutheran Church: Historically, Doctrinally, and Practically Delineated
At the time Samuel Schmucker wrote The American Lutheran Church, over 30 million people identified themselves as Lutherans, and it was the third largest denomination in America. In spite of that, there were a number of reasons why the Lutheran denomination was widely misunderstood and misrepresented in America—namely a lack of understanding of German and denominational disagreements. The American Lutheran Church: Historically, Doctrinally, and Practically Delineated contains a series of discourses presenting the history of the Lutheran Church in America, the distinguishing features of the Lutheran Church, a biography of the Lutheran Church’s founders, Jesus’ presence in the Lord’ supper, the doctrinal basis and ecclesiastical position of Lutheranism, and the Lutheran Church’s obligations, error, and dangers.
In the Lutheran Church [Schmucker] is extensively and favorably known; and no man in this country has done more than he to elevate her character, and to advance her welfare. As a writer, he is able and clear. His style is chaste and easy, and his arguments strong and convincing. His ‘Fraternal Appeal’ to the American churches on Christian union, is a masterpiece, which, with his other theological and philosophical works, has made him extensively known, beyond the bounds of his own church, both in America and England.
—Harbaugh and Butler Publishing
Samuel Simon Schmucker (1799–1873) was a German-American pastor, theologian, professor, and president of Gettysburg Seminary. He taught for more than 40 years at Gettysburg Seminary and published more than 100 works, including translations. He was well known as a controversial theologian in the Lutheran church for his theological position on communion, denying consubstantiation in the Lord’s Supper and steering the Evangelical Lutheran Church closer to a Reformed understanding of communion. He wrote a number of books, including Evangelical Lutheran Catechism, Elements of Popular Theology, American Lutheranism Vindicated, and The Unity of Christ’s Church.