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Concordia Historical Institute’s latest publication, Rediscovering the Issues Surrounding the 1974 Concordia Seminary Walk Out is now available for pre-order at Concordia Publishing House and Amazon.
Designed for use by individuals or groups, each of the eleven chapters in this work outline specific doctrinal issues and controversies that led to the seminary walkout and creation of Seminex in 1974. From the back cover:
Much more than a clash of personalities between those in the Missouri Synod leadership of a simple “battle for the Bible,” the Walkout and the creation of Christ Seminary—Seminex were the culmination of theological conflicts that had been brewing for decades. Among these were strong disagreements about the relationship between the Gospel and Scripture, the historicity of biblical events and persons, methods of biblical interpretation, subscription ot synodical confessional statements, guidelines for church fellowship, the uses of God’s Law, and how the Christian mission is to be carried out.
Rediscovering the Issues provides historical and theological background for the events of the spring of 1974. Each of its eleven chapters explores a key issue that contributed to the fragmenting of congregations, families, a seminary, and a church body. Study questions for individual or group reflection and additional suggested reading material advance the discussion of this pivotal episode in North American Christianity.
“With Rediscovering the Issues, CHI hopes to provide fifty years of perspective on an episode of huge significance to North American Christians,” says Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Harmelink, Executive Director of Concordia Historical Institute. “It is vital for Lutherans today to know and understand the Walkout and its historical and theological context. We hope that this volume will lead to increased awareness and discussion of the Walkout, its causes, and its legacy.” The book is edited by Ken Schurb, staff member at the Central Illinois District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, book review editor for Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, and former member of CHI’s Board of Governors. The work has already received several endorsements from eminent theologians and scholars across Lutheran church bodies.
Table of Contents
GOSPEL AND SCRIPTURE: Ken Schurb
THE NATURE OF SCRIPTURE: Martin R. Noland
THE HISTORICAL-CRITICAL METHOD: Timothy H. Maschke
CONFESSIONAL SUBSCRIPTION: Scott R. Murray
EXCURSUS: DOCTRINAL RESOLUTIONS AND STATEMENTS: Raymond L. Hartwig
THE THIRD USE OF THE LAW: Scott R. Murray
THE MISSION STAFF WALKOUT: Roy S. Askins
CHURCH FELLOWSHIP: Cameron A. MacKenzie
CREATION AND THE FALL: Armand J. Boehme
SEMINEX AND THE SUPERNATURAL: Robert A. Dargatz
CHURCH AND MINISTRY: John C. Wohlrabe
AFTER THE WALKOUT: PUBLICATIONS BY THE FACULTY OF SEMINEX: John T. Pless
EPILOGUE: A SINGULAR EVENT WITH AN ABIDING EFFECT: THE 1974 SEMINARY WALKOUT: Dean O. Wenthe
APPENDIX: A STATEMENT OF SCRIPTURAL AND CONFESSIONAL PRINCIPLES
Rediscovering the Issues Surrounding the 1974 Concordia Seminary Walk Out is available for pre-order at Concordia Publishing House and Amazon and from the CHI lobby shop. For more information or to request a quote, please contact us.