Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

25 October 1811 A.D. Carl Ferdinand Walther Born—Commanding 19th Century Lutheran Theologian

25 October 1811 A.D.  Carl Ferdinand Walther Born—Commanding 19th Century Lutheran Theologian

Carl Ferdinand Walther (1811 to 1887)


A commanding 19th-century Lutheran.

Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was born at Langenshursdorf, Saxony, Germany. After completing his theological studies at the University of Leipzig, he encountered opposition to his strongly conservative Lutheran position and emigrated to the United States in 1839 with 750 other Lutherans, establishing a Lutheran colony in Missouri. Walther became pastor of Trinity Congregation in St. Louis (1841) and became a professor and eventually president of Concordia Seminary which he helped found. He was also president of a new church body which was organized in 1847, largely under his direction, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, with a membership comprising one third of all Lutherans in North and South America. A prolific writer, Walther was called the "most commanding figure in the Lutheran church of America during the 19th century."

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