Chapter 40. Lutherans

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Susan Wilds McArver Professor Director

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch40

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

McArver, S. W. (2010) Lutherans, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch40

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • Lutherans;
  • Lutherans, as a group representing the third largest Protestant denomination in United States;
  • Jews, Mennonites, Dunkers, Moravians, and Catholics - amorphous “dissenters” from more “established” traditions;
  • Lutheranism, pride of place to its theologians and clergy;
  • Protestant Reformation, Lutherans standing as heirs of particular historical moment;
  • discovery of religious pluralism - studying pluralism and diversity in Middle and Southern colonies;
  • transatlantic studies, communication and influence between Europe and North America lasting much longer;
  • Lutheran denominational studies - Lutheran scholars producing traditional types of “denominational history”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Origins: The Protestant Reformation

  • Settlement in North America

  • Early Historiography

  • Contemporary Historiography

  • Lutheran Denominational Studies

  • Publications

  • Conclusions

  • Bibliography