Lutheran churches in the United States have included multiple
ethnic cultures since the colonial era and continue to wrestle with
increasing internal variety as one component of their identity. By
combining the concerns of social history with an awareness for
theological themes, this volume explores the history of this family
of Lutheran churches and traces the development from the colonial
era through the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America in 1988. An introduction details the origins of Lutheranism
in the European Reformation and the practices significant to the
group's life in the United States. Organized chronologically,
subsequent chapters follow the churches' maturation as they form
institutions, provide themselves with leaders, and expand their
membership and geographic range. Attention is given throughout to
the contributions of the laity and women within the context of the
Lutherans' continued individual and corporate effort to be both
authentically Lutheran and genuinely American.
Offering a rich portrayal of the Lutherans' lives and their
churches, the social historical approach of this study brings the
Lutheran people to the foreground. The dynamic relationship between
pietist, orthodox, and critical expressions of the tradition has
remained among Lutherans even though they have divided themselves
by several factors including ethnicity and confessional stance. Of
interest to scholars and researchers of Lutheran history and
religion in America, this engaging, multifaceted work balances
narrative history with brief biographical essays. A chronological
listing of important dates in the development of the Lutheran
church is especially helpful.
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