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This book recounts events in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) leading up to the 1974 walkout at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis. Beginning with the 1947 division over church fellowship, the author sheds light on the numerous small controversies that culminated in charges against the faculty for teaching contrary to the LCMS position on biblical authority. Zimmerma This book recounts events in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) leading up to the 1974 walkout at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis. Beginning with the 1947 division over church fellowship, the author sheds light on the numerous small controversies that culminated in charges against the faculty for teaching contrary to the LCMS position on biblical authority. Zimmerman shares his personal account of the Fact Finding Committee interviews, coupled with pertinent passages from convention documents, bylaws, and findings of the committee. This book includes the full report of the Fact Finding Committee, never before made public, and the -Blue Book,- the complete 1972 report of the synodical president.


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This book recounts events in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) leading up to the 1974 walkout at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis. Beginning with the 1947 division over church fellowship, the author sheds light on the numerous small controversies that culminated in charges against the faculty for teaching contrary to the LCMS position on biblical authority. Zimmerma This book recounts events in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) leading up to the 1974 walkout at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis. Beginning with the 1947 division over church fellowship, the author sheds light on the numerous small controversies that culminated in charges against the faculty for teaching contrary to the LCMS position on biblical authority. Zimmerman shares his personal account of the Fact Finding Committee interviews, coupled with pertinent passages from convention documents, bylaws, and findings of the committee. This book includes the full report of the Fact Finding Committee, never before made public, and the -Blue Book,- the complete 1972 report of the synodical president.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    John

    I'm generally in favor of academic freedom in education-- but when scholars affirm and promise to promote doctrines in order to teach at confessional schools, when they do the opposite, it seems to me that they should not be surprised when the constituency finds this disturbing. As a non-Lutheran, some of points of contentions the fact finding committee were called to investigate seemed to be trivial, but it seemed clear to me (from the numerous transcripts, articles and journals) that the facul I'm generally in favor of academic freedom in education-- but when scholars affirm and promise to promote doctrines in order to teach at confessional schools, when they do the opposite, it seems to me that they should not be surprised when the constituency finds this disturbing. As a non-Lutheran, some of points of contentions the fact finding committee were called to investigate seemed to be trivial, but it seemed clear to me (from the numerous transcripts, articles and journals) that the faculty was not dealing with the Church in candid way, even if many of their answers did not strike me as being particularly radical. Preus was proven to be right these issues would determine the direction of the LCMS-- with the eventual merger by the departed faculty into ELCA-- the liberalism was no longer veiled. I don't think that Zimmerman is very reflective about how his side could have done things differently to heal the breach. All of this is extremely similar to the conservative takeover/resurgence of the Southern Baptist Convention. I am going to have to read Tietjen's memoirs to get the other point of view, this was a fairly interesting tidbit of American Church history.

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