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In Pursuit of Religious Freedom: Bishop Martin Stephan s Journey (Hardback)

Philip Stephan

Edité par Lexington Books, United States, 2008
ISBN 10: 0739124412 / ISBN 13: 9780739124413
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Titre : In Pursuit of Religious Freedom: Bishop ...

Éditeur : Lexington Books, United States

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. In Pursuit of Religious Freedom tells the story of Martin Stephan, a religious leaders whose leadership, vision, and courage stemmed from a fifteenth-century ancestry grounded in the reformations of John Huss and Martin Luther. Like previous Stephan generations, Martin fled religious intolerance for freedom of worship. As an adult, his deep-rooted faith and moral values were threatened when he was confronted with family, social, and spiritual crises. N° de réf. du libraire ANB9780739124413

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Synopsis : In Pursuit of Religious Freedom is the story of Martin Stephan, a religious leader whose life was filled with both personal and spiritual crises. Born into a family whose fifteenth-and sixteenth-century ancestors twice fled their homes due to religious persecution, Stephan was orphaned as a teenager and he too was forced to flee his homeland when the family was discovered to be underground Lutherans. He eventually settled in Germany, where he was educated and ordained, and developed a successful ministry in Dresden. Although his reputation for preaching and compassionate counseling increased, Stephan began to be targeted by various groups: other pastors, parishioners, and the state-run church. He was charged with improper teaching, embezzlement, inappropriate socializing, and even sexual misconduct. Eventually, Stephan led the 1838 Saxon Emigration to Missouri. After a difficult journey, the seven hundred Lutherans he took with him found establishing their new home even harder. Disputes over money, authority, and style peaked within six months, until Stephan was exiled at gunpoint. He settled in Illinois, where he built up a new ministry and served until his death in 1846. His burial plaque calls him "the first Lutheran in America."

Critique: This is a fascinating book. It challenges standard assumptions about Martin Stephan by inviting the reader to consider his vision as well as his personal behavior. In doing so, it raises the continuing specter in so-called mainline denominations-namely that when faced with a fresh approach to faith, we fall into the abyss of personal credibility rather than engage in serious conversation about structures and images of faith. -- Thomas M. Carson, United Church of Christ Clergy, Retired Displays a tremendous amount of research, including travel to the important sites in the life of Stephan. Christian News, January 2009 The story of the beginning of the 'Missouri Synod' and its first leader deserves a renewed look simply because that church is the second largest Lutheran church body in America. Philip Stephan, the great-great-grandson of Martin Stephan, gives us that look through the lens of his great-great-grandfather's life and work... In this book Philip Stephan attempts to set the record straight by delving into the theological, social, ethnic and family background of his forebear. It is a contextual narrative that he presents. The author does not gloss over the moral weaknesses of Martin, nor is he defensive about them. On the other hand, his research has brought out heretofore unknown (or at least unpublicized) life and theology. -- Rev. Arthur Preisinger Accessible and readable account of Martin Stephan and his ministry. Lutheran Quarterly ...Philip Stephan's work is an interesting read. Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly

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