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Two Trajectories

J.A.O Preus and David W. Preus

David W. Preus

David W. Preus was president of The American Lutheran Church from 1973 to 1987, while J.A.O. Preus was president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod from 1968 to 1981. Both were extremely influential in the life and development of their respective church bodies.

In this book David W. Preus explores the similarities and differences between J.A.O. (Jack) Preus and himself, especially related to their understanding of the church. They were two cousins who were presidents of two large U.S. Lutheran church bodies. Both of them subscribed unreservedly to the Bible, the ecumenical creeds, the Augsburg Confession, and Luther’s Small Catechism, yet the theological perspectives of Jack and David Preus were different enough that they could not keep their church bodies in fellowship with each other. Fellowship had been declared by the two church bodies in 1969 and was ended by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in 1981.

Jack and David Preus were friends throughout their lives. They recognized that their theological trajectories were different, but they remained bound to each other by family and personal affection and shared Christian faith. They enjoyed their times together when the theological problems were set aside, especially at Preus family reunions when they were reminded of how much they held in common even as they acknowledged that there were differences.

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ISBN: 978-1-932688-57-3
76 Pages
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Binding: Perfect bound
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