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  • Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (1951 - 2001)
    American race car driver Dale Earnhardt was best known for his career driving stock cars in NASCAR's top division. Earnhardt is notable for his success in the Winston Cup Series (now the Sprint Cup Ser...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    . Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (born October 10, 1974), known professionally as Dale Earnhardt Jr., or Dale Jr. for short, is an American stock car racing driver and team owner. He is the son of NASCAR H...
  • Johannes Georg Rothermel (1660 - 1730)
  • Dr. of Theology Martin Luther (1483 - 1546)
    Martin Luther (1483-1546) German theologian, professor, pastor, and church reformer, Luther began the Protestant Reformation with the publication of his Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 1517. In this ...
  • Katharina von Bora (1499 - 1552)
    For an interesting discussion on Katharina's ancestry see In historischen Romanen und Erzählungen findet sich neuerdings die Darstellung, dass sie in Hirschfeld bei Nossen geboren worden sei, und das...

Please add profiles of those who practiced Lutheranism, were members of the Lutheran Church, raised as a Lutheran or were buried in a Lutheran Cemetery.

Lutheranism is one of the largest branches of Protestantism that identifies with the teachings of Martin Luther, a 16th-century German reformer. Luther's efforts to reform the theology and practice of the church launched the Protestant Reformation. The reaction of the government and church authorities to the international spread of his writings, beginning with the 95 Theses, divided Western Christianity.

The split between the Lutherans and the Catholics was made public and clear with the 1521 Edict of Worms: the edicts of the Diet condemned Luther and officially banned citizens of the Holy Roman Empire from defending or propagating his ideas, subjecting advocates of Lutheranism to forfeiture of all property, half of the seized property to be forfeit to the imperial government and the remaining half forfeit to the party who brought the accusation.

The divide centered primarily on two points: the proper source of authority in the church, often called the formal principle of the Reformation, and the doctrine of justification, often called the material principle of Lutheran theology.[a] Lutheranism advocates a doctrine of justification "by grace alone through faith alone on the basis of Scripture alone", the doctrine that scripture is the final authority on all matters of faith. This is in contrast to the belief of the Roman Catholic Church, defined at the Council of Trent, concerning authority coming from both the Scriptures and Tradition.

Unlike Calvinism, Lutherans retain many of the liturgical practices and sacramental teachings of the pre-Reformation Church, with a particular emphasis on the Eucharist, or Lord's Supper. Lutheran theology differs from Reformed theology in Christology, divine grace, the purpose of God's Law, the concept of perseverance of the saints, and predestination.

German Lutheran Theologians

List of Lutheran Churches Worldwide

List of Lutheran Denominations