This is Part 1 in a series of blog posts related to the new 2017 Concordia Publishing House edition of Walther's Pastoral Theology. See bottom of this blog post for the current Table of Contents to this series. [Note: this is also Part A of a series on Christliche Dogmatik references to Old Missouri -- Part A. See Table of Contents at bottom of this post.]
|Christian Dogmatics ===>>> 1897 German —––– 1932 Fritz ––—–— 1945 Fritz ——– 1995 Drickamer ——— 2017 CPH|
An added benefit of this table is the last column of brief notes for quick reference on each line's subject matter. These notes makes it useful to track down specific topics, e.g. "Law & Gospel" or "Absolution". — If one scrolls down the above table to volume 3 of Pieper's Dogmatik, (3:307n1047), I make note of what appears to be an inadvertent error of omission in the CPH 2017 edition. It seems that 2 footnotes in the German language edition p. 111 are missing (marked * and **). I was surprised to find these as this work appears to be well done for completeness. But I wonder how many other errors there may be in this edition... perhaps few if any.
|Prof. John T. Pless|
"The CN edition [Drickamer's] is a very poor substitute. The translation is inadequate and significant sections are omitted. Get the new edition." – John T. PlessIf Prof. Pless was truly interested in the wealth of Walther's teaching to be made available, he would have rather complimented Drickamer... he would have rather spearheaded the effort for the full translation many years ago! I want to repeat Prof. Pless's words of “celebration” of Walther in 2011 (emphases mine):
“... Löhe's legacy have been retrieved in LCMS efforts to broaden ecumenical perspective, deepen pastoral theology, enrich liturgical life, give shape to an authentically Lutheran missiology, enhance the place of the female diaconate, sustain the church's corporate life of mercy, or to provide what is seen as a corrective to Walther's understanding of the office” – John T. PlessThese are Prof. Pless's own words to “celebrate” Walther. It should be noted that Pless also stated that this new CPH 2017 edition will be “required text for my Advanced Pastoral Theology class.” With the above quote from 2011, it is a foregone conclusion that Prof. Pless will require other textbooks than Walther's book as a “corrective” to it. According to Pless, Walther had a flat ecumenical perspective, shallow pastoral theology, poor liturgical life, flat Lutheran missiology, lack of giving place to female diaconates, unsustained corporate life of mercy, and flawed understanding of the office of ministry! Which does the reader think Prof. Pless prefers in matters of “pastoral theology”: Wilhelm Loehe or C.F.W. Walther? And why would Prof. Pless now on his Facebook page proclaim that Walther's Pastoral Theology will be required for his students? Could it not be to target Walther's weaknesses needing the “corrective” of Loehe? Could it possibly be to cover his judgments of Walther with a facade of respect? — Pless and his defenders may plead that my criticism goes too far. Let them, for Pless's own words condemn himself.
Now see, Prof. Pless, I did not put my blog's name in the above cross-reference table so that you can have your students link directly to the Google Doc for your "Advanced Pastoral Theology" class without fear of promoting this blog. But sorry, I did not cross-reference Walther's Pastoral Theology to any of Loehe's works. You will have to do that yourself in order to "deepen" Walther's pastoral theology.
In the next Part 2, the shameful treatment of Dr. Drickamer is brought out with more details. Even Pastor Otten's defense of Drickamer could have been stronger...
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Table of Contents on Pastoral Theology - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Part 1 - Introduction; Table of Cross-references; Prof. Pless's criticisms of Drickamer &Walther
Part 2 - Defense of Dr. John Drickamer and his 1995 translated edition (still useful!)
Part 3 - Prof. J.H.C. Fritz's 1932 & 1945 editions & unionsm; also 1990 Mueller-Kraus edition
Part 4 - Corrections for new 2017 CPH edition; C.S. Meyer's judgment of Walther; old Ohio Synod request
= = = = = = = Table of Contents on Christliche Dogmatik References to Old Missouri = = = = = = = =
Part A – this post -- Walther's Pastoral Theology
Part B – Lehre und Wehre - Walther's essays and other essays
Part C – Der Lutheraner articles (including DL Table of Contents)
Part D – Convention essays: old Missouri Synod, Synodical Conference
Part E – Walther's books, old Missouri books (Kirche und Amt, etc.) and lectures: Stoeckhardt books
Part F – Baier-Walther Compendium