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American Lutheranism Volume 1: Early History of American Lutheranism and The Tennessee Synod   By: (1858-1930)

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"American Lutheranism Volume 1: Early History of American Lutheranism and The Tennessee Synod" by Friedrich Bente is a comprehensive and well-researched exploration of the early history of Lutheranism in America. Bente delves into the roots of Lutheranism in the United States, from the first Lutheran immigrants to the establishment of various synods and churches.

The book is rich in detail and meticulously documents the development of Lutheranism in America, including the struggles and triumphs that early Lutheran settlers faced. Bente's writing is engaging and scholarly, making this book an invaluable resource for anyone interested in American religious history or the Lutheran faith.

One of the highlights of the book is Bente's focus on the Tennessee Synod, a lesser-known but significant branch of American Lutheranism. Through his thorough research and analysis, Bente sheds light on the contributions and challenges of this important synod, providing a deeper understanding of the diverse landscape of American Lutheranism.

Overall, "American Lutheranism Volume 1" is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Lutheranism in America. Bente's scholarship and expertise shine through in this insightful and illuminating work, making it an essential addition to any library.

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Volume I Early History of American Lutheranism and The Tennessee Synod By F. BENTE St. Louis, Mo. CONCORDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE 1919

PREFACE. Essentially, Christianity is the special divine faith in the truth revealed by the Bible that we are saved, not by our own efforts, works, or merits, but alone by the pure and unmerited grace of God, secured by Christ Jesus and freely offered in the Gospel. And the Christian Church is the sum total of all those who truly believe, and therefore confess and propagate this truth of the Gospel.

Accordingly, the history of Christianity and of the Christian Church is essentially the record concerning this truth, viz., how, when, where, by whom, with what success and consistency, etc., it has been proclaimed, received, rejected, opposed, defended, corrupted, and restored again to its original purity.

Lutheranism is not Christianity plus several ideas or modifications of ideas added by Luther, but simply Christianity, consistent Christianity, neither more nor less. And the Lutheran Church is not a new growth, but merely the restoration of the original Christian Church with its apostolic, pure confession of the only saving Christian truth and faith.

The history of Lutheranism and of the Lutheran Church, therefore, is essentially the story concerning the old Christian truth, restored by Luther, viz... Continue reading book >>

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