THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN THE UNITED STATES

THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN THE UNITED STATES

After the Reformation under Martin Luther, national churches formed in Germany and the Scandinavian countries took the name of Lutherans.

Very early in the history of the Dutch colony of  New Amsterdam, afterward New York, some claim as early as 1623, Lutherans, although from Holland, came to that city and held meetings.

In 1652 they applied for permission to have a church and pastor; but the Dutch Reformed authorities objected, and caused the first Lutheran minister, in 1657, to be sent back to Holland.

The services were continued in a quiet manner, but not until the English conquest of New Amsterdam, in 1664, were the Lutherans allowed freedom of worship.

 

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