Lutheran Ecclesiastical Culture, 1550-1675


Editor: Robert Kolb
Literature on confessionalization has opened new vistas for considering early-modern Christianity and its place in Western social-political contexts, but the ecclesiastical cultures of the period need further research and analysis to refine our focus on how Christians lived in their own communities and related to society at large. This volume’s essays assess eight elements of Lutheran life (its foundation in sixteenth-century processing of Luther’s legacy, university teaching, preaching, catechesis, devotional literature, popular piety, church and society, church and secular government) and two geographical areas (Nordic and Baltic lands, the kingdom of Hungary) to orient readers to current scholarly discussion and suggest further avenues for exploration and evaluation. Each offers perspectives on Lutherans’ attempts to practise their faith in the world.

Contributors are: Kenneth Appold, Gerhard Bode, Susan Boettcher, Christopher Boyd Brown, Robert Christman, David Daniel, Irene Dingel, Robert von Friedeburg, Mary Jane Haemig, and Eric Lund.
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Biographical Note

Robert Kolb, Ph.D. (1973) in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, professor of systematic theology at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, co-edited the new English translation of The Book of Concord and has authored numerous books and articles on the Lutheran Late Reformation.

Review Quotes

“In considering the evolution, institutions, theological underpinnings and distinctive ecclesiology of Lutheran worship, Robert Kolb has assembled a distinguished group of writers, many who here reflect on their own detailed archival research. […] This is a fine and well-conceived volume.”
Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews. In: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 62, No. 1 (2011), pp. 175-177.

"A must-have for research libraries, a truly significant contribution to the study of the age of confessionalization".
Mary Elizabeth Anderson, Saint Olaf College. In: The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 835-837.

"This is an excellent collection of essays. It provides a positive and compelling view of later Lutheranism as a cultural force. As well as offering a valuable overview of the theological life of the period, it moves effectively [...] beyond the level of the theological elite, and encourages us to rethink many assumptions about Lutheranism after Luther's death".
Bridget Heal, University of St Andrews. In: Church History and Religious Culture, Vol. 90, No. 2-3 (2010), pp. 432-434.

"Alles in allem wird man durch diesen Sammelband also hervorragend über Quellen und Forschungsstand informiert ..."
Markus Friedrich, Frankfurt a. M., in Francia-Recensio 2011/2

"This is a very timely and useful volume."
R. Emmet McLaughlin, Renaissance Quarterly (2008) 590-592.

Table of contents

Introduction, Robert Kolb
The Culture of Conflict in the Controversies Leading to the Formula of Concord (1548-1580), Irene Dingel
Academic Life and Teaching in Post-Reformation Lutheranism, Kenneth G. Appold
Preaching in Lutheran Pulpits in the Age of Confessionalization, Mary Jane Haemig and Robert Kolb
Instruction of the Christian Faith by Lutherans after Luther, Gerhard Bode
Devotional Life in Liturgy, Hymns, Music, and Prayer, Christopher Boyd Brown
The Pulpit and the Pew: Shaping Popular Piety in the Late Reformation, Robert Christman
The Social Impact of the Lutheran Reformation in Germany, Susan R. Boettcher
Church and State in Lutheran Lands, 1550-1675, Robert von Friedeburg
Nordic and Baltic Lutheranism, Eric Lund
Lutheranism in the Kingdom of Hungary, David P. Daniel
Comparative Table of Place Names
Names and Dates of the People in the Lutheran Story


All those interested in Ecclesiastical culture, seventeenth-century theology, popular piety, preaching and Lutheran Orthodoxy.