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A Protestant denomination that arose from the teachings of Martin Luther. Lutherans are known for their stress on the doctrine of justification by grace, through faith, and for their insistence on the Bible alone as a rule of faith. Lutherans practice baptism of infants and believe that Jesus is really, not just symbolically, present in the sacrament of Communion.

Note: The Lutheran Church is strongest among the people of Germany and Scandinavia, where it is an established church, supported by the government. In the United States, it is strongest among people descended from Germans and Scandinavians.
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  • This is the doctrine of the lutheran church, concerning the use and efficacy of the divine Word.

  • Yes: she was indeed a member of the lutheran church, she thanked God.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • He found a lutheran church almost two miles away, and declared that it was better than the one in Cleveland.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • He cannot be called orthodox from the standpoint of the established lutheran church.

    Six Major Prophets Edwin Emery Slosson
  • We see that the lutheran church grasps fully and accepts unreservedly the whole sad and unwelcome doctrine of sin.

  • Many of his hymns have been adopted by other communions, particularly the lutheran church.

    The Story of Our Hymns Ernest Edwin Ryden
  • The compass of the pedals in this toccata shows that it must have been written for the organ in the lutheran church at Cthen.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • The lutheran church teaches the great central doctrine of the Gospel, that we are saved by faith alone without works.

  • There came one day for consultation a very healthy-looking woman, a deaconess of the lutheran church.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • It was derived from the Roman law, and still prevails in the lutheran church.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer

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