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. These are the proofreading errors discovered as of April 19:
- 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.
- Paragraph 2: Mueller, p. 284, not p. 684 [Added this and below errors on April 18]
- Paragraph 3: "sets up men as judges", not "set up men as judges"
- Paragraph 5: "developed more or less out of itself", not "developed more or less of itself"
- Paragraph 11: "Scripture calls the faith of man", not "Scripture call the faith of men"
- Paragraph 21: "The Word of the Gospel promises", not "The Word of the gospel promises"
- Paragraph 28: "and as involving the constant danger", not "and involving the constant danger"
- Paragraph 30: Omitted text underlined – "by virtue of delegated powers, conferred on them by the original possessors of such powers, and such administration", not "by virtue of delegated powers, and such administration"
- Paragraph 35: "the doctrine of Holy Scripture", not "the doctrine of the Holy Scripture"
- [added April 19] Paragraph 40: "spared not His own Son, but delivered Him", not "spared not His own Son, but gave Him".
- Paragraph 46: Omitted text underlined – "conscience not because our Church has made them nor because they are the outcome", not "conscience not because they are the outcome".
- Paragraph 48: "obligation does not extend to historical statements", not "obligation does not extend to historical questions".
- Pieper's 1897 original Statement in English ==>> here <<== (OCR'd text here)
- Pieper's 1922 updated version w/ English translation ==>> here <<== OCR text 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.)