Concordia Theological Monthly

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walther, inspiration, revelation, theology, scriptures, missouri synod, lehre und wehre, salvation, baier

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


C. F. W. Walther (1811-1887), the premier theologian of the Missouri Synod, was a dogmatician who relied heavily on the writers of Lutheran Orthodoxy of the 16th and 17th century. He made little use of the historical-exegetical method. John Philipp Koehler, the historian of the Wisconsin Synod, points out, for instance, regarding the proposal to have one joint theological seminary within the Synodical Conference in 1878: “Walther's hobby, the Latin disputation, with Latin the medium of instruction, as embodied in the Missouri proposals for the joint seminary was as antiquated scholasticism and besides would have kept the whole study of theology still more in subjection to the 17th century theologians of the Lutheran church." One needs only to consult works like his Die Stimme unsrer Kirche in der Frage von Kirche und Amt, not to mention his edition of Baier, to see the truth of the contention that Walther relied on dogmatic expositions.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 10:19-20; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Mark 12:36; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; 2 Timothy 3:16;

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