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by Paul A. Zimmerman

  • ISBN: 0758611021
  • Category: History
  • Author: Paul A. Zimmerman
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House (January 30, 2007)
  • Pages: 444 pages
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A Seminary in Crisis book. 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.

A Seminary in Crisis book.

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.

A Seminary in Crisis. The Inside Story of the Preus Fact Finding Committee. Published January 30, 2007 by Concordia Publishing House.

A Seminary in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Preus Fact Finding Committee. An infinitely sad but instructive story indeed. -Robert Beene, Director of the Ranoke College Center for Religion and Society.

Fact Finding Committee Concerning Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. Storm clouds gathering - President . Preus, Jacob A. O. - (Jacob Aall Ottesen), - 1920-1994. Preus seeks a solution - The committee in action - Initial report of the fact finding committee - The plot thickens - Finally: the facts emerge - The New Orleans convention - The counterattack that failed - The storm slowly passes - Lessons for the present. Responsibility: Paul A. Zimmerman. More information: Table of contents.

This book recounts events in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) leading up to the 1974 walkout at Concordia Seminary .

This book recounts events in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) leading up to the 1974 walkout at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis .

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. He is one of two living members of the Fact Finding Committee appointed by LCMS President J. A. Preus to investigate charges of false doctrine being taught at Concordia Seminary.

Zimmerman, Paul A. A Seminary in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Preus Fact Finding Committee. Within a year of assuming office, Preus established a Fact Finding Committee to examine the teachings of several professors. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2007. The Fact Finding Committee began interviewing Concordia Seminary faculty members on December 11, 1970. The interviews were completed on March 6, 1971. The tape recordings of the 90-minute interviews were transcribed and summaries with observations concerning significant findings were prepared. A Seminary in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Preus Fact Finding Committee (St. Louis, MO. . Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2007). Includes the Blue Book in its Appendices: Report of the Fact Finding Committee Concerning Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, to President . Preus (June 1971); and Report of the Synodical President of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (September 1, 1972).

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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. 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.
Reviews about A Seminary in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Preus Fact Finding Committee (4):
Celore
This is the official LCMS overview publication of the "Seminex" crisis of the mid 1970's out of which grew the ELCA. This book gives a good synopsis of a modern historical Church split which illustrates the main difference in Churches today. Modern Christianity does not differ as much between denominations as it did in the past, but between liberal and conservative interpretations of the Holy Scripture. This is a great read for anybody who has ever been perturbed by statements about Christianity which seem less than traditional but are being made by religious scholars or professional clergy.
Original
I became a LCMS Lutheran in 1975, just as the 'crisis' was coming to a conclusion. I understood it vaguely from the Navy chaplain who instructed and baptized me, but the details just weren't available.

When I saw 'A Seminary in Crisis' was available I did not hesitate to get a copy. It became a read I just could not put down.

In reading it, I see how close the Missouri Synod came to being contaminated by the teaching of false doctrine in the church. It starts in the seminaries.

What saved Missouri Synod from the teaching of false doctrine was the strong leadership of Synod President Jacob Preus, and an educated lay membership that recognized false doctrine for what it is and voted overwhelmingly to reject it.

I strongly recommend 'A Seminary in Crisis' to any reader who wants to see how a conservative church body was almost taken down by liberal teaching and deviation from the Word of God.

/s/Bruce
Nuadora
My pastor lent me his copy of A Seminary In Crisis: The Inside Story of the Preus Fact Finding Committee by Paul Zimmerman. This book tells of the events that led to the 1974 walkout at Concordia Seminary. I previously reviewed a book by James C. Burkee about the same events. There is surprisingly little overlap between the two books. Zimmerman's book focuses almost exclusively on the theological divisions while Burkee focuses almost exclusively on the political divisions and political maneuvering. Herman Otten takes center stage in Burkee's book but is barely even mentioned in Zimmerman's book. J.A.O. Preus is prominently featured in both books but each book paints a completely different picture of him. In Burkee's book, Preus is the duplicitous, Nixonesque politician. In Zimmerman's book, Preus is the steadfast defender of the true religion. I don't think either Zimmerman or Burkee are being dishonest. They both provide ample evidence to support their portraits of Preus. But they're coming at Preus from completely different angles. Both are necessary to get a full picture both of what happened and who Preus was. There are times that I think Zimmerman may have overlooked some of Preus' faults and I really think that Burkee de-emphasized the theological issues. Zimmerman says that the lay people played a prominent role in ousting the liberals but doesn't provide evidence. Burkee seems to provide a substantial amount of evidence to show that it was mostly clergy that got involved in the controversy.

Zimmerman is very fair to the liberals throughout the book. He regards them as sincere and is quick to point to areas of agreement that he shared with them. He even mentions friendly conversation that occurred during the controversy. He doesn't demonize anyone. He lays out the theological issues in a matter of fact sort of way and shows the different positions held by various faculty members. Less than half of the book is composed by Zimmerman. The vast majority of the book contains primary source documents from the interviews done by the fact finding committee. There is documentation to the point of insanity. I think Zimmerman has done the church a great service by providing this. But if you read through all of it, it gets very redundant. However, I think it's necessary to have it all laid out there. Lots of summaries and transcripts. I found the transcripts to be the most interesting but I wish they had provided names. From reading articles by some of these people, I think I have a pretty good idea who some of them are.

On occasion, I noticed by comparing the reports in the back to what Zimmerman wrote in the front, that it seems Zimmerman takes a more extreme position than the Synod does on some issues. Zimmerman seems to think that professors should be bound to interpret every passage in the exact same way that the confessions do. This does not seem to be the position of the Synod and seems to be an overreaction to those who would argue that "the narrative of the fall of Adam and Eve into sin discussed in the Confessions is not a doctrinal question, but merely an exegetical question that one is free to debate." (p. 50) It seems like there are other ways of dealing with this problem than trying to bind everyone to every interpretation that the Confessions make.

Also, in reaction to professors who denied that passages historically regarded as messianic are actually about Jesus, Zimmerman takes a very extreme rectilinear approach and seems to want to rule out even the idea that the prophecies may in many cases have an initial fulfillment but that they are only fully fulfilled in Christ.

There was some controversy over the term "inerrancy" and I'm not convinced that is was really helpful in the debate. Zimmerman seems to agree with the position of he Synod. But as I have discussed elsewhere, I think it is actually counterproductive once someone starts thinking deeply about it because it puts authority in original autographs that nobody has.

The main controversy seemed to center around two things: the use of the historical-critical method and standards for fellowship. A small number of professors really went off into crazy town with the historical-critical method. The majority did not go off into crazy town but were open to others going off into crazy town and thought that people in crazy town should be open to take communion and even preach in the churches.

If someone wanted a single book to help them understand what the controversy was all about, Zimmerman's book is what I recommend. But they would probably get a fuller picture if they read Burkee's book second.
Qwne
This book is truly one-of-a-kind, offering primary source documentation of a very important controversy in American Lutheranism: the Seminex crisis in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.

Professors at Concordia Seminary, the world's largest seminary at the time, had over several decades moved more and more into embracing the latest forms of Biblical interpretation that were popular in liberal Christianity. While attempting to cover-up or otherwise explain away their embrace of certain philosophies and methods of studying the Bible that led them to cast doubt on historical accuracy of the Scriptures, their work was finally thoroughly investigated by a fact-finding committee appointed by the church's president.

This book contains the story of that fact-finding committee's work by it chairman: Dr. Paul Zimmerman. And it reproduces the actual transcripts of their interviews with the faculty members, offering proof of the trends and teachings that they were attempting to deny or explain away.

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