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Luther Renaissance.

The sterility of rationalism* and the theol. waywardness of Pietism* led, by the 19th c., to restudies of original Lutheranism. Revived interest in M. Luther* led to pub. of the Erlangen ed. of his works and to advocacy of confessional Lutheranism. Controversies and theol. currents engendered by these studies developed a huge literature on doctrinal and hist. themes dealing with Luther and climaxed in the definitive critical ed. of his works (Weimar, 1883–; see Luther, Works of, Editions of). A 2d period of the back-to-Luther movement began with the 20th c. and the effort to discern motives of primitive Luth. concepts introd. into the Ger. ch. by Luther's co-workers and successors. In Scand. the theol. of Lund* contributed to the Luther renaissance. Am. contributions include those of J. M. Reu, the Center* for Reformation Research, the St. Louis ed. (also called Walch 2) of Luther's works, and the Am. ed. of Luther's works in Eng. (see Luther, Works of, Editions of), development toward the Luth. parish ideal, and studies in the Luth. liturgy. The Luther renaissance played a part in Eur. and Am. neo-orthodoxy.* RRC

See also Lutheran Theology After 1580, 11–15: Neo-Lutheranism.

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