The First Free Lutheran Diet Edited by Henry Eyster Jacobs

The First Free Diet [formal discussion] of the Lutheran Church was held at St. Matthew’s Church in Philadelphia on December 27-28, 1877. It had representatives from four of the largest Synods at the time. The speakers included some of the great defenders of orthodox Lutheranism in America: Emanuel Greenwald, Charles Krauth, Henry Eyster Jacobs and others.
The remarks made by participants are of particular interest.

tags: [“History — Lutheran”, “Lutheran Confessions”, “Book of Concord”, “Liturgy”, “Means of Grace”]


  • The Relations Of The Lutheran Church To The Denominations Around Us by Charles Porterfield Krauth.

  • Misunderstandings And Misrepresentations Of The Lutheran Church by Joseph Augustus Seiss.

  • True And False Spirituality In The Lutheran Church by Emanuel Greenwald.

  • The Augsburg Confession And The Thirty-nine Articles Of The Anglican Church. by John Gottlieb Morris.

  • Theses On The Lutheranism Of The Fathers Of The Church In This Country by William Julius Mann.

  • The Four General Bodies Of The Lutheran Church In The United States by James Allen Brown.

  • The History And Progress Of The Lutheran Church In The United States by Henry Eyster Jacobs.

  • Education In The Lutheran Church In The United States by Milton Valentine.

  • The Interests Of The Lutheran Church In America As Affected By Diversities Of Language by Diller Luther, M. D., Reading, Pa.

  • The Characteristics Of The Augsburg Confession by Frederick W. Conrad.

  • Liturgical Forms In Worship by Charles Augustus Stork.

  • The Divine And Human Factors In The Call To The Ministerial Office, According To The Older Lutheran Authorities by G. Diehl.

  • The Educational And Sacramental Ideas Of The Lutheran Church In Relation To Practical Piety by Augustus Charles Wedekind.

Publication Information

  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2018
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0
James Allen Brown
James Allen Brown

Key conservative theologian at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.

Emanuel Greenwald
Emanuel Greenwald

“A good man and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith.” He trained under the renowned Dr. David F. Schaeffer, “walking 14,000 miles in getting his education”, and was licensed by the Maryland Synod and then the Joint Synod of Ohio. Rev. Greenwald was the first president of the Board of Trustees of Capitol University, Columbus and established the first English Lutheran church of Columbus. As first editor of the Lutheran Standard he fought the “New Measures”.

Milton Valentine
Milton Valentine