This collection of essays examines important twentieth-century Lutheran theologians, including European and North American voices.
Each essay provides an overview of the life and thought of important confessional Lutherans who shaped theology with an ecumenical, world-wide impact. The focus here is not on later twentieth-century figures but earlier ones, selected similar to the spirit manifest in Karl Barth's contention »lest we forget where contemporary theology came from« (Protestant Theology From Rousseau to Ritschl).
The essays composed over the last five years were initiated by Lutheran Quarterly in order to assess our recent past as we move into a new millennium. The goal of each author, each a leading theologian, has been to describe each thinker's life and vocation and how each thinker's work continues to impact theology today.
The theologians included are:
- Francis Pieper (1852 – 1931) by David P. Scaer
- John Philipp Koehler (1859 – 1951) by Michael J. Albrecht
- Karl Holl (1866 – 1926) by Gregory A. Walter
- Ole Hallesby (1879 – 1961) by Torleiv Austad
- Werner Elert (1885 – 1954) by Matthew Becker
- Paul Althaus (1888 – 1966) by Hans Schwarz
- Hermann Sasse (1895 – 1976) by John T. Pless
- Hans Joachim Iwand (1899 – 1960) by Gregory A. Walter
- Edmund Schlink (1903 – 1984) by Matthew Becker
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) by Richard H. Bliese
- Ernst Käsemann (1906 – 1998) by Roy A. Harrisville
- Helmut Thielicke (1908 – 1986) by John T. Pless
- Gustaf Wingren (1910 – 2000) by Mary Elizabeth Anderson
- Gerhard Ebeling (1912 – 2001) by Mark D. Menacher