Concordia Theological Monthly

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The Altenburg Debate

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altenburg debate, walther, ministers, doctrine, faith, liturgy, preaching

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


In an evaluation of Professor Polack's book The Story of C. F. W. Walther, which appeared a few years ago, the review editor of the Theologische Quartalschrift includes the following remarks: "Important and soul-racking though the later controversies were, they dwindle when compared with the difficulties of Walther and the Saxon immigrants as they came to a head in Altenburg. In Altenburg life and death, faith and despair, hung in the balance. In the later affairs it was Walther firmly grounded in the truth and unshaken in his faith who waged the battles, although he did not succeed in convincing his opponents. He indeed ever fought the error heart and soul, yet his own faith was not stirred up to the deepest depths as was the case in Altenburg.


History of Christianity

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars