In the spirit of my blog post on Franz Pieper's "theological diapers" and in "honor" of Prof. Jeffrey Kloha's (and many others) desire to disassociate his LC-MS from the Brief Statement of 1932, I want to give it a Special Presentation. The cover page of the booklet I purchased in the mid-1990s looked like this (see right) ==>>
The text from this booklet appears to be the original English text, the same since it was adopted in 1932. But the version sold by CPH today has been poorly re-typeset since that time. Today, as far as my research has found, there seems to be no fully accurate online publication of this "official" document of the LC-MS. How so? Because virtually all publications, either online texts or PDF downloaded scans, have lost the italics emphasized wording from the original publication. And on a humorous note, the newer texts (except here) have allowed errors to creep in. I attribute these errors to poor proofreading, not malicious intent, for example:
- extraneous characters "6:30-8:30" are inserted into the text of paragraph #32: "If, however, 6:30-8:30 the minister...";
- omitted words (in highlight) from paragraph #25: "invisible, Luke 17, 20, and will remain invisible till Judgment Day.
- Pieper's 1897 original Statement in English ==>> here <<==
- Pieper's 1922 updated version w/ English translation ==>> here <<==
- Original German publication in CTM May 1931 ==>> here <<==
- Original English publication in CTM, June 1931 ==>> here <<==
Ah, but the Brief Statement has a stormy history – there was (and is) almost no end to its opponents:
- One opposition author states that a number of clergy felt it was "a dangerous innovation in the church's confessional position".
- Another opposition author stated it was "subjected to increasing criticism by a number of theologians" and that it was "unconstitutional to bind pastors consciences" to it.
- And finally, the prolific scholar, "Beloved, Legendary" Arthur Carl Piepkorn called it "at best a transient formulation of opinion".
...that his Theses (The Brief Statement of 1932) on the doctrinal position of the Missouri Synod should be regarded as his bequest...
Because the full text of the Brief Statement takes up considerable screen space, I will present it, in its entirety, in the next Part 2... (This Intro may be edited if I learn more in the proofing process.)