American Lutheran Classics

The American Lutheran Classics series brings together many of the formative works of early American Lutheranism, from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. These works explain Lutheran identity in terms of the Lutheran dogmatic tradition, especially expounding upon those aspects of theology and practice which differentiate Lutheranism from other Christian traditions.


Selected Sermons of C.F.W. Walther, American Lutheran Classics Volume 9

C.F.W. Walther was the first president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and president of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He remains the most influential theologian to arise from the Synodical Conference. He is most well known for his book “The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel,” and his contributions to the debate on God’s […]


The Lutheran Manual by Junius Remensnyder, American Lutheran Classics Volume 8

Junius Remensnyder’s “The Lutheran Manual” is a detailed exposition of Lutheran theology and practice. Throughout the work, Remensnyder expounds upon the central and defining elements of Lutheran theology such as: Justification by faith, baptismal regeneration, the centrality of the Word, and Luther’s doctrine of Holy Communion. He also discusses practical ecclessial and pastoral issues like […]


The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel by C.F.W. Walther, American Lutheran Classics Volume 7

C.F.W. Walther’s “The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel” is the Missouri Synod theologian’s greatest theological work. This book consists of a series of thirty-nine lectures that Dr. Walther gave his seminary students at the end of his life on one of the foundational elements of Lutheran thought. In twenty-five theses, Walther expounds upon the […]


A Summary of the Christian Faith by Henry Eyster Jacobs, American Lutheran Classics Volume 6

“The Christian Faith” is Henry Eyster Jacobs’ magnum opus. It is a systematic theology of the Christian faith written in a catechetical format from a Confessional Lutheran perspective. The work is written in a series of questions and answers on various doctrinal topics. Throughout the work, Jacobs defends his views through use of Scripture and […]


The Lutheran Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper by H.I. Schmidt, American Lutheran Classics Volume 5

There is no doctrine which distinguishes Lutheranism from the vast world of Protestantism more than the teaching of the Lord’s Supper. The contention that Christ’s body and blood are in, with, and under the Eucharistic elements in central to Lutheran identity. In this work, Henry Immanuel Schmidt defends the historic Lutheran teaching on this subject […]


Elements of Religion by Henry Eyster Jacobs, American Lutheran Classics Volume 4

Henry Eyster Jacobs was one of the greatest American Lutheran theologians of the 19th century. In this work, Jacobs summarizes the basics of Dogmatic Theology in the Lutheran tradition. Following the traditional Loci method, Jacobs discusses every major topic of Christian theology such as: The Doctrine of God, Christ, Salvation, the Means of Grace, and […]


Biblical Dogmatics by A.G. Voigt, American Lutheran Classics Volume 3

A.G. Voigt’s Biblical Dogmatics is a short and comprehensive account of Christian Theology from a Lutheran perspective. Voigt uses the traditional Loci method of Lutheran Scholasticism, while being sensitive to the best of early twentieth century Biblical scholarship. He covers all major topics in Christian theology, and does so in a manner that is readable […]


The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church G.H. Gerberding American Lutheran Classics Volume 1

In this classic work, George Henry Gerberding puts forth an explanation of the Lutheran view of salvation in light of American revivalism. He talks about such issues as Baptism, Sunday School, Christian parenting, Justification, and the difference between true and false revivals. This work is written to a lay audience and is a helpful introduction […]