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Davenport Theses.

Early in the hist. of the Iowa Syn. controversies arose bet. it and the Mo. Syn. (see Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, The) on the function of the Luth. Confs., the nature of “open* questions,” and doctrines (e.g., church and ministry). In 1873 the N Iowa Conf. requested the Iowa Syn. in session at Davenport, Iowa, to state its position toward the Mo. Syn., esp. for the sake of those pastors who had recently joined and were not acquainted with the course of the controversy. As a result the Iowa Syn. adopted 21 theses that sought to show the status of the controversies at the time by indicating on what points the syns. had approached agreement and on what points there was still divergence. Following doctrines are treated in the theses: Church and Ministry 1–5; Confessions 6–7; Antichrist 8–10; Chiliasm 11–15; Open Questions 16–21. See also Iowa and Other States, Evangelical Lutheran Synod of; Madison Theses; Toledo Theses.

J. Deindörfer, Geschichte der Evangel.-luth. Synode von Iowa und anderen Staaten (Chicago, 1897); G. J. Fritschel, Quellen und Dokumente zur Geschichte und Lehrstellung der ev.-luth. Synode von Iowa u. a. Staaten (Chicago, n. d.); J. L. Neve, A Brief History of the Lutheran Church in America, 2d rev. and enl. ed. (Burlington, Iowa, 1916); R. C. Wolf, Documents of Lutheran Unity in America (Philadelphia, 1966).


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