Religion: A Century of Fundamentalism

One hundred years ago, 34 determined Lutherans fresh from Saxony met in a tiny Chicago church. There was one thing about this big new country that they could not abide—U.S. Lutherans were backsliding from the strict, exacting faith of their founder. To combat this trend, the 34 founded the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States.

Last week in Chicago, the Synod ended a ten-day celebration of its centennial, attended by 950 delegates representing nearly 5,000 congregations all over the U.S. Stern fundamentalists, they did nothing more revolutionary than to vote...

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