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Dubuque Theses

(Thesen über den Lehrstreit von der Gnadenwahl). Seven theses prepared by C. S. Fritschel* and adopted by the Iowa* Syn. at Dubuque, Ia., 1882. They deal with predestination and conversion. They reject the position that particular election is not the extension of the gen. decree of grace and salvation to the individual people in whom it attains realization, but an essentially (thatsächlich) different decree which is the cause of the salvation of the elect. Furthermore, they reject the position that predestination is election “according to the mere pleasure of divine will” (nach dem blossen Wohlgefallen des göttlichen Willens) without consideration of human behavior, and favor the view that election took place in view of faith. See also Chicago Theses; Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, The, V; Thirteen Theses.

J. Deindörfer, Geschichte der Evangel.-Luth. Synode von Iowa und anderen Staaten (Chicago, 1897); Quellen und Dokumente zur Geschichte und Lehrstellung der ev.-luth. Synode von Iowa u. a. Staaten, comp. G. J. Fritschel (Chicago, n. d.); S. F[ritschel], “Aus den Verhandlungen der Versammlung unserer Synode zu Dubuque, Iowa, über den Lehrstreit von der Gnadenwahl,” Kirchen-Blatt der evangelisch-lutherischen Synode von Iowa, XXV (1882), 114–115, 123–124, 132–133.

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