Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 4, 1974, Page 24

Cedar Rapids Gazette

February 04, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 12 TI10 Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., Feb. 4. 1974 Literal Interpretation of Bible Key to Missouri Synod Dispute „ . „ .    _    I    ..    J    .    _    I    .     I    W..    D.nnn    (xnm nnnltinn I............    n.ilk«r    trtl’l/'fll    /'lit    if'ill    methods    'I Ilf* t.'W’ks fl'Htll I mil* to ti Bv Hale Singer ST. LOUIS (UPI) - “Yahweh had arranged that a great fish should be there to swallow Jonah; and Jonah remained in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. From the belly of the fish he prayed to Yahweh, his God ...” — Jonah, 2:1-2. The story of Jonah and the whale — is it truth or is it parable, the description of an actual event or a narrative to be endowed with a greater significance when applied to everyday situations? The question of the literal truth of the Bible is at the center of the current controversy that threatens to split the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, a 3-million-member denomination that has been rocked by the internal dissert-, sion and has yet to recover. The battleground for the showdown has been Concordia seminary, a 134-year-old institution that is older than the synod itself. The usually quiet campus of about 700 students is the third largest Protestant seminary in; the country and the largest in the Lutheran church. Suspended Until Jan. 20 the Rev. John Tietjen, a leader in moderate-liberal faction of the synod, was president of the seminary. Since he took over in 1969 he has battled with the synod president, the Rev. Dr. Jacob Preus, the self-assured: head of the conservatives in the fight for strict doctrinal interpretation. A soft-spoken clergyman with a charismatic appeal for his followers, Tietjen was suspended by the seminary board of con-} trol for malfeasance and advocacy of false doctrine. His; suspension set off a revolt on the campus, with the majority of students and faculty budged Preus from    his    position members allying themselves that the teaching and interpret with him and refusing to attend it at ion by Tietjen are heresav classes.    land continuation of such activi- For two weeks the campus *>’ would endanger the sanctity has been virtually shut down. ot the    church. with only a handful of semin-    Not Personal arians attending classes con-( The    battle is not    a    personal ducted by the Rev. Dr. Martin one between the two men, but Scharlemann, named interim they are the symbols of the two president by the seminary opposing sides. At the synod’s board of control, and one other convention iii New Orleans last conservative faculty member. summer Preus won re-election The campus rebellion has not a f t e r moderate-liberal chal lengers had failed to gather strong enough support. The convention also condemned 43 of 48 members of the C o ii c o r d i a faculty as false teachers. Talk began of possibly closing Concordia and establishing a new seminary to teach more strict doctrine. The controversy had begun even earlier. In March 1972 Preus issued his guidelines for the teaching of scripture and called for the abolition of his torical critical    methods.    The word of the Bible is true, he said it is not subject to interpretation and is to be accepted without question. Most of the faculty members at Concordia responded nine months later, rejecting the call tor literal interpretation and approving historical-critical methods for determining the truth of scripture. The bat Relines were drawn, and each side has launched at tacks from time to time. Tietjen was suspended last August by the seminary board of control, but th.'* move was invalidated .sotlie weeks later and lie re ! loamed as head of the school until nearly two weeks ago. Throughout the controversy! Tietjen has remained cool, not vindictive. Ile told the synod convention in July that he had been “grievously wronged” when he was condemned for heresay, but added, “even though I have been wronged, I forgive you because you really do not know what you are doing.” Turning Other Check He told students that he would not contest his suspension, even though he had been advised he had legal grounds to do so, but would turn the other cheek and try to rise above those who had accused him. Rejecting what he called a deal, by which he would step down as president of the seminary and accept a pastorate in-stead, Tietjen said, “Tile members of our synod must become aware of the moral bankruptcy of the actions of the present leaders of our synod and of the seminary’s board of control. Such evil. if allowed to continue, will bring the judgment of God’s wrath on us all.” The followers of Tietjen have complained that the conservative heirarchy of the synod, led by Preus, are taking over the church. They have complained that the church owes allegiance to God, not to Preus. Responding to the criticism, the synod president said, “I agree. This is God s church, and we ought to be faithful to God’s word.” Dr.| the f 3§ WIN mm HT 4# BRIDGE NORTH 4 97 VQ IO 8 2 ♦ A 9 s a ♦ J 6 3 WEST    EAST 4 J 3    A    Q    IO 6 2 V J 5    V    7    4 ♦ K Q IO 8    ♦    J    7 6 4 ♦ A IO 8 5 2    +    K.    Q 9 SOI TH (D) 4 A K 8 5 4 V A K 9 6 3 ♦ 3 + 74 Both vulnerable West    North    Fast Pass    INT.    Pass Pass    3 V    Pass Pass    Pass    Pass Opening lead — ♦ K South 14 2* 4 V By Oswald & James Jacoby Oswald: “One of the modem developments is the use of an artificial forcing one-club bid. We have Neapolitan, Roman, Precision, Orange, Blue-Team and what-have-you clubs galore.” Jim: “It may well be that a forcing-club convention gives an expert with a developed partnership an advantage. The people who try to sell their club systems to the public claim that it is simpler than standard American. Nothing could be farther from the truth.” Oswald: “Today’s hand illustrates one weakness of forcing-club systems. The bidding in the box is standard American.” Jim: “The bidding in all nor- ; mal-club systems would starl with tile same one spade open- , mg and would end right there.” I Oswald: “The 4-2 spade break does not keep .South from mak- I ing four hearts with an over- J trick. It holds the one spade declarers to thrre ” Jim: “It is quite likely that some standard - American bidders would miss the heart game but at least they would all get into the heart contract while club bidders would be left in spades. Of course, we can show hands where club bidders reach ; good games that standard bidders miss. No bidding system is perfect.” V4CHRD Sense* The bidding has been: West North Fast South 14 lf Pass    I ♦    Pass Pass    af    Pass    ? You, South, hold: 4AK76TAK76424K10 4 3 What do you do now? A —Hid three spades. There is some slight chance that there may be a slam. TODAY'S QUESTION You do bid three .spades and your partner bids four dubs. What do you do now ? Answer Tomorrow Extra cane in engineering...it makes a big difference in small cars. THE SMALL CAR i#e THE SMALL CAR You can buy a Volkswagen You can buy a Chevrolet Nova You can buy a Ford Maverick You can buy a Chevrolet Vega You can buy a Ford Pinto You can buy a small car that doesn’t offer Electronic Ignition standard you can buy a small car that’s priced less than VW’s most popular model? you can buy a small car that can beat it on gas mileage?* you can buy a small car with up to 20 inches more total hiproom. you can buy a small car that seats an extra person or two. you can buy a small car with two-to-three times more trunk space. you can buy a small car with Electronic Ignition standard that can save you up to $62 on recommended ignition maintenance in the first 24,000 miles alone! The answer is a small car Chrysler Pi ymouth and Dodge (Andyou can drive one home today.) Dodge SEE ALL THE DARTS AT YOUR ES DEALER SEE THE DUSTERS AND VALIANTS AT YOUR ■£■ dealer MIIKYSIIII Plymouth DODGE DART SWINGER SPECIAL •Price comparison based on manufacturers' suggested retail prices, excluding destination charges, dealer preparation, and state and local taxes Optional whitewall tires and wheel covers shown, $53 20 extra. •’Gas mileage figures based on October 1973 Popular Science magazine Tests performed by Popular Science for its report were conducted on ’73 vehicles with figures adjusted by Popular Science for 1974 model changes and the results of E.P.A. tests. tMamtenance flat-rates and parts list are extracted from 1973 Chilton's Labor Guide and Parts Manual Labor rales based on national average of 110 00 per hour. PLYMQUIH DUSTER corpqration DODGE • CHRYSLER • PLYMOUTH • DODGE TRUCKS WCHRYSLgR ;