|The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod was theologically and ecumenically the most conservative of the three largest Lutheran communities in the United States during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. However, during those same decades the LCMS experienced a theological and practical shift, which resulted in a developing ecumenical spirit, the use of historical criticism, a liturgical revival inspired by Vatican II and a changing view of confessional subscription. While affecting the church at large, over time these developments were associated with Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, especially after the election of John H. Tietjen to its presidency in 1969. With the election two months later of J. A. O. Preus to the presidency of the LCMS, the stage was set for the “Civil War” that dominated the LCMS for the next decade and has left its imprint on the LCMS to this day. It also stimulated the formation of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC), which later merged with the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) into today’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
This course examines the rich history of American Lutheranism and especially that of the LCMS during this tumultuous time and considers how events then continue to impact the Lutheran experience today. (3 CEU)
Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.