John Fuchs

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Ronald Feuerhahn

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 14:20; Acts 15:19-34; Matthew 11:28; Matthew 21:15-16; 1 Corinthians 14:33; Psalm 100:1; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 9:20-23; 1 Corinthians 3:6


This paper is a description and explanation of some aspects of the controversy over revivals and "new measures" which disturbed the Lutheran Church in the United States during the 1830s and early 1840s. Primarily, it is the story of an argument. Secondarily, it examines some of the theological assumptions implicit and explicit in the rhetoric of the controversy. The argument, however, was not about theology as much as it was about various practices in the life of the Church. Therefore this paper will of necessity describe some of those practices and attempt to evaluate them.

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