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A Tweet by some fans of Franz Pieper recently said,

God has blessed the "repristination theology" of our fathers with success also in this country. #lcms #lutheran

Growing up in Lutheranism, that was the first time I'd ever heard the term.

Britannica defines it as:

“The Repristination Theology” (i.e., restoration of earlier norms), led by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg (1802–69), made 17th-century orthodoxy normative for the interpretation of Luther’s teachings and fought the rising historical-critical approach to the Bible by affirming the verbal inspiration...

Do any Lutheran denominations (or parachurch reform groups) successfully represent "repristination theology"?

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I found a PhD thesis from the University of Glasgow in 1990: The eucharistic theologies of nineteenth century Anglican and Lutheran repristination movements compared. –  Anonymous Aug 15 '13 at 19:12
Unfortunately, my university's library does not own it. The nearest location (from my viewpoint) is Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Perhaps, you may reserve the work through an interlibrary loan and answer the question yourself? Judging by the title, it may provide an explanation of Lutheran repristination theology. –  Anonymous Aug 15 '13 at 19:16
I notice that you cite #lcms. That usually stands for the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. –  Anonymous Aug 15 '13 at 19:20
The LCMS describes itself on its own website as Bible-centered and confessional - two characteristics of Neo-Lutheranism. A form of neo-Lutheranism is repristination theology, which is the precursor of confessional Lutheranism. Do you want an answer outside the LCMS? –  Anonymous Aug 15 '13 at 19:31
If you can educate on "Neo-Lutheranism", or explain specifically these terms in any group, that's great. I suspect it's an archaic term, which has morphed into other agendas/values. –  pterandon Aug 15 '13 at 21:14

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According to Wikipedia's Neo-Lutheranism article, repristination theology beget Confessional Lutheranism. There are two major churches in America which describe themselves as "Confessional Lutherans." They are the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

A Wikipedia article lists some (albeit debateable) differences between non-Confessional and Confessional Lutheranism.

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