Franz August Otto Pieper

Franz August Otto Pieper (June 27, 1852 - June 3, 1931) was a Confessional Lutheran theologian; born at Carwitz (85 m. w. of Danzig), Pomerania and died in St. Louis, Missouri.[1] After studying at the gymnasium of Colberg, Pomerania, he emigrated to the United States in 1870.[2] In 1872, he graduated from Northwestern University in Watertown, Wisconsin and in 1875 from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. He was Lutheran pastor at Manitowoc, Wisconsin (1875–78), professor of theology in Concordia Seminary (1878 to 1887), president of the same institution, and also president of the Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and other states since 1899. He also served as editor of Lehre und Wehre, the faculty journal of Concordia Seminary.

From 1882 to 1899, Pieper served on the Board of Colored Missions for the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America. He was the Synod's president from 1899 until 1911.[3]

As a Systematic theologian, Franz Pieper's magnum opus, Christliche Dogmatik (1917-1924), translated into English as Christian Dogmatics (1950-1953), provided the modern world with a learned and extensive presentation of orthodox Lutheran theology.[4] It continues to be the basic textbook of doctrinal theology in Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.[5] He was also the main author of the Missouri Synod's A Brief Statement (1932), an authoritative presentation of that church body's doctrinal stance.

External links

  • Concordia Historical Institute
  • Franz August Otto Pieper, The 20th Century Luther
  • Our Position in Doctrine and Practice by Dr. Franz Pieper
  • Lectures on the Evangelical Lutheran Church, The True Visible Church of God on Earth by Dr. Franz Pieper, trans. by Bryce L. Winters
  • The Glorious Blessing of Brotherly Fellowship in Faith by Dr. Franz Pieper
  • Theses on Unionism by Dr. Franz Pieper
  • The Witness of History for Scripture (Homologoumena and Antilegomena) by Dr. Franz Pieper, (from Christian Dogmatics, Vol I, page 330-38.)
  • The Distinction Between Orthodox & Heterodox Churches by Dr. Franz Pieper, (from Christian Dogmatics, Vol III)
  • C.F.W. Walther as a Theologian, by Dr. Franz Pieper, Studium Excitare, Issue #8.
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  • by Dr. Franz Pieper (1913)
  • 8 Vols. of the faculty journal from Concordia Seminary

Works by Franz Pieper

  • Christliche Dogmatik. 4 vols. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1917–1924) [English translation: Christian Dogmatics. 4 vols. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1950–1953)]
    (In German, public domain) Vol III
  • The Synodical Conference, an essay in The Distinctive Doctrines and Usages of the General Bodies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States (Philadelphia, 1892), 119-166.
  • Gesetz und Evangelium (1892)
  • Das Grundbekenntnis der evangelisch-lutherischen Kirche (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1880).
  • Lehre von der Rechtfertigung (1889)
  • Unsere Stellung in Lehre und Praxis (St. Louis, 1896)
  • Lehrstellung der Missouri-Synode (1897)
  • Christ's Work (1898).
  • Das Wesen des Christentums (1903)
  • Conversion and Election : a Plea for a United Lutheranism (1913, HathiTrust Digital Library)
  • What Is Christianity and Other Essays. John Theodore Mueller, tr. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1933)


  • public domain: 
Religious titles
Preceded by
H. C. Schwan
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

Succeeded by
F. Pfotenhauer

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