Franz Pieper

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Franz Pieper at the Fort Wayne, Indiana Convention in 1923

Franz August Otto Pieper (June 27, 1852 – June 3, 1931) was a Confessional Lutheran theologian; born at Carwitz (85 m. w. of Danzig), Pomerania and died in St. Louis, Missouri.[1] After studying at the gymnasium of Colberg, Pomerania, he emigrated to the United States in 1870.[2] In 1872, he graduated from Northwestern University in Watertown, Wisconsin and in 1875 from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. He was Lutheran pastor at Manitowoc, Wisconsin (1875–78), professor of theology in Concordia Seminary (1878 to 1887), president of the same institution, and also president of the Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and other states since 1899. He also served as editor of Lehre und Wehre, the faculty journal of Concordia Seminary.

From 1882 to 1899, Pieper served on the Board of Colored Missions for the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America. He was the Synod's president from 1899 until 1911.[3]

As a Systematic theologian, Franz Pieper's magnum opus, Christliche Dogmatik (1917-1924), translated into English as Christian Dogmatics (1950-1953), provided the modern world with a learned and extensive presentation of orthodox Lutheran theology.[4] It continues to be the basic textbook of doctrinal theology in Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.[5] He was also the main author of the Missouri Synod's A Brief Statement (1932), an authoritative presentation of that church body's doctrinal stance.

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Works by Franz Pieper[edit]

  • Christliche Dogmatik. 4 vols. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1917–1924) [English translation: Christian Dogmatics. 4 vols. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1950–1953)]
    (In German, public domain) Vol I Vol II Vol III
  • The Synodical Conference, an essay in The Distinctive Doctrines and Usages of the General Bodies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States (Philadelphia, 1892), 119-166.
  • Gesetz und Evangelium (1892)
  • Das Grundbekenntnis der evangelisch-lutherischen Kirche (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1880).
  • Lehre von der Rechtfertigung (1889)
  • Unsere Stellung in Lehre und Praxis (St. Louis, 1896)
  • Lehrstellung der Missouri-Synode (1897)
  • Christ's Work (1898).
  • Das Wesen des Christentums (1903)
  • Conversion and Election : a Plea for a United Lutheranism (1913, HathiTrust Digital Library)
  • What Is Christianity and Other Essays. John Theodore Mueller, tr. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1933)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Todd and Marvin Huggins, "Franz August Otto Pieper: Fourth President of the Missouri Synod: 1899-1911. (St. Louis: Concordia Historical Institute, 1998)."
  2. ^ "Franz August Otto Pieper."
  3. ^ "Franz August Otto Pieper."
  4. ^ Francis Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, 4 vols., (St Louis: CPH, 1950-1953), 1:v.
  5. ^ Robert D. Preus, ed., Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics, 13 vols. (St. Louis: The Luther Academy, 1989-2008), 6:viii.
Religious titles
Preceded by
H. C. Schwan
President
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

1899–1911
Succeeded by
F. Pfotenhauer