Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

John Constable

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 18:17; Luke 4:43; Luke 9:2; Luke 8:1; Matthew 13:11; Revelation 12:10; Luke 1:32b,33; 1 Corinthians 15:24-27; Revelation 12:10; Acts 1:6; Luke 16:16; Luke 22:31,32; John 21:15-17


It is the purpose of this study to examine this last point, the Lutheran Church in America's position on the Word and the Confessions, as this is established in its "Confession of Faith" of 1962. Such an examination, however, poses certain difficulties because of the merger and consensus nature of the Lutheran Church in America. The "Confession of Faith" was not drafted in a theological and historical vacuum. Behind it stand several major theological controversies and almost one hundred and fifty years of doctrinal development within the Muhlenberg strain of American Lutheranism, and shorter but no less important developments within the Swedish, Danish and Finnish Lutheran experience in both Europe and America.

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