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Lutherans in Search of a Church

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In its August 2009 Churchwide Assembly, the Evangelical Lutheran Church decided formally to leave the Great Tradition of orthodox Christianity for a declining and desiccated liberal Protestantism. The decisions it made”accepting a weak and confused social statement on sexuality, allowing blessings of gay unions … Continue Reading »

Lutherans Undefined

From the November 2005 Print Edition

This August, at its 2005 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) sidestepped the decisions it needs to make on sexuality”and several pastors of large Lutheran congregations, together with at least one bishop, voiced their relief that they were not . . . . Continue Reading »

Reinventing Sexual Ethics

From the March 2002 Print Edition

I am reliably informed that there is a Neuhaus’ Law to the effect that, where orthodoxy is optional, it will sooner or later be proscribed. There are, of course, exceptions to all such rules, but this one seems to be confirmed by what is happening in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America . . . . Continue Reading »

Reversing the Charges

From the April 1995 Print Edition

The Fabricated Luther: The Rise and Fall of the Shirer Myth By Uwe Siemon-Netto Concordia, 186 pages, $12.99. “I’ve always felt fortunate that I didn’t belong to a church tradition with a brilliant founder; that way I haven’t had to spend my time defending him.” Such was the icy response . . . . Continue Reading »

The Limits of Populism

From the December 1992 Print Edition

Jeffrey Bell has been an aid to both Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp, a candidate for the Senate, and fellow at a number of different institutes. He is currently president of Lehrman Bell Mueller Cannon, Inc., an economic and political forecasting firm in northern Virginia. This book, clearly based in . . . . Continue Reading »