The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Then and Now

U.S. Lutheranism at the beginning and end of the 20th century

Abraham Lincoln said, "If we could first know where we are and whither we are tending, we might know what to do and how to do it."

With that hope--and as the millennium turns, we look at American Lutherans at the beginning and the end of the 20th century.

Here is a sampling of some THENs and NOWs presented not in a spirit of whining or boasting but in trust that good Lutherans under the Spirit will search their consciences about how to relate to them.

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