Lutherans Today: American Lutheran Identity in the Twenty-First Century

Richard Cimino
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2003 M10 2 - 248 páginas
In the middle of the twentieth century, American Lutherans were newsworthy enough to find themselves on the cover of Time magazine. Their claim to fame? In an era when American churches were beginning to look and act alike, Lutherans' strong confessional nature and stress on theology as well as their liturgy and ethnicity set them apart. They were "Protestants with a difference" at a time when differences were supposed to be dissolving in the American melting pot.

Subsequent years have posed serious questions to Lutheran identity, as disputes about the true nature of Lutheranism and the meaning of the Lutheran confessions, the structure of ministry, ecumenism, sexuality, and multiculturalism have all left their mark on Lutheran denominations. In Lutherans Today several historians, social scientists, journalists, and other leading experts map out the place of Lutheranism in the landscape of contemporary American Christianity and explore the directions in which it is heading in the new millennium.

Presenting new and original research, the book is divided into two sections. The first examines change and movements within American Lutheranism. Distinguished church historian Mark Noll here sets the scene by arguing that the predicament of American Lutheranism has always been the struggle to remain faithful to the enduring witness of the European Reformation while also accommodating itself to the democratic pluralism of the New World. Six other chapters discuss the Missouri Synod, the "Lutheran Left," the Called to Common Mission agreement, the evangelical catholic movement within Lutheranism, the rise of "megachurches," and Lutheran charismatics.

The second section considers trends and issues related to Lutheran identity, including politics and the pastorate, the impact of immigration and multiculturalism, the loss of Lutheran identity at Lutheran colleges and universities, and conflicting patterns of commitment among Lutheran youth.

As a whole, Lutherans Today will be valuable not only to all Lutherans but also to those interested in the development and current state of religious life in America.


Robert Benne
Richard Cimino
Maria Erling
Mark Granquist
Dan Hofrenning
Robert Longman
Steve Montreal
Mark Noll
Jim Petersen
Eugene C.Roehlkepartain
Alvin J. Schmidt
Scott Thumma
Mary Todd
Jeff Walz

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American Lutherans Yesterday and Today
The Curious Case of the Missouri Synod
From Movement to Church Commitment
Word Alone and the Future of Lutheran Denominationalism
Seeking Tradition and Unity
Megachurches in the ELCA
North American Lutheranism and the New Ethnics
Multiculturalism and the Dilution of Lutheran Identity
Can the Lutheran Center Hold?
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Página 70 - For the true unity of the church it is enough (satis est) to agree concerning the teaching of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.
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Página 37 - ... dialogues themselves, this Joint Declaration rests on the conviction that in overcoming the earlier controversial questions and doctrinal condemnations, the churches neither take the condemnations lightly nor do they disavow their own past. On the contrary, this Declaration is shaped by the conviction that in their respective histories our churches have come to new insights.
Página 64 - I represent the Lutheran Church in America ; the American Lutheran Church and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, which may well want to submit something additional.
Página 11 - It is our shield and our sword, our ensign and our arming, the constitution of our state, the life of our body, the germ of our being. It is the bond of our union throughout the world, and by it, and with it, our Church, as a distinct organization, must stand or fall.
Página 48 - Lutheran church bodies— the American Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church in America, and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Página 11 - Lutheran beliefs. The anonymous Definite Synodical Platform of 1855, which proposed a revision of the Augsburg Confession along lines favored by Schmucker, precipitated a clash of interests that eventually led to the mobilization of "European" Lutheranism against the trends favored by Schmucker. In the struggle between "American" and "European" Lutherans, defenders of old ways also enjoyed capable leaders.

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Editor and publisher of Religion Watch, a newsletter monitoring trends in contemporary religion. He is also the author of Trusting the Spirit: Renewal and Reform in American Religion, Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium (with Don Lattin), and Against the Stream: The Adoption of Traditional Christian Faiths by Young Adults.

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