What does Lutheran mean?

Definitions for Lutheran
ˈlu θər ənluther·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Lutheranadjective

    follower of Lutheranism

  2. Lutheranadjective

    of or pertaining to Martin Luther or his teachings

    "the Lutheran doctrine of justification by faith alone"

  3. Lutheranadjective

    of or pertaining to or characteristic of the branch of the Protestant Church adhering to the views of Luther

    "Lutheran doctrines"


  1. Lutherannoun

    A member of any of the Christian churches of which identify with the theology of Martin Luther.

    The split between the Lutherans and the Roman Catholics began with the Edict of Worms in 1521

  2. Lutheranadjective

    Of the Lutheran church, as opposed to a Catholic church.

    A Lutheran understanding of the Lord's Supper is not the same as that of other denominations.


  1. Lutheran

    Lutheranism is one of the largest branches of Protestantism, identifying primarily with the theology of Martin Luther, the 16th-century German monk and reformer whose efforts to reform the theology and practice of the Catholic Church launched the Protestant Reformation. The reaction of the government and church authorities to the international spread of his writings, beginning with the Ninety-five Theses, divided Western Christianity. During the Reformation, Lutheranism became the state religion of numerous states of northern Europe, especially in northern Germany, Scandinavia and the then-Livonian Order. Lutheran clergy became civil servants and the Lutheran churches became part of the state.The split between the Lutherans and the Roman 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 forfeited 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. 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, Lutheranism retains many of the liturgical practices and sacramental teachings of the pre-Reformation Western Church, with a particular emphasis on the Eucharist, or Lord's Supper, though Eastern Lutheranism uses the Byzantine Rite. 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.


  1. lutheran

    Lutheran refers to a branch of Protestant Christianity that follows the teachings of Martin Luther, a 16th century German monk and religious reformer. Luther's teachings, emphasizing justification by faith alone and the ultimate authority of the Bible, sparked the Protestant Reformation. The term is also used to describe a person who is a member of a Lutheran church or adheres to Lutheran doctrines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lutheranadjective

    of or pertaining to Luther; adhering to the doctrines of Luther or the Lutheran Church

  2. Lutherannoun

    one who accepts or adheres to the doctrines of Luther or the Lutheran Church

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lutheran

    lū′thėr-an, adj. pertaining to Luther, the great German Protestant reformer (1483-1546), or to his doctrines: a follower of Luther.—ns. Lu′theranism, Lū′therism; Lū′therist.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lutheran is ranked #86981 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lutheran surname appeared 214 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lutheran.

    96.2% or 206 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lutheran in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lutheran in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Lutheran in a Sentence

  1. Grace Lutheran Church:

    Members of Grace Lutheran Church are deeply saddened by the loss of life last night as a result of three individuals being shot in Chester, and this tragedy included members of Grace Lutheran Church.

  2. David Mathews:

    We were in our house and knew something was going on and getting ready to go to the basement, then it was over, we just built a brand new fire hall and it was destroyed. Also a row of houses near the fire hall. The Lutheran Church was destroyed, it's all in rubble.

  3. Stephen Breyer:

    ( T) Chief Justice John Roberts Court's decisions in Trinity Trinity Lutheran and Espinoza prohibit States from denying aid to religious schools solely because of a school's religious status — that is, its affiliation with or control by a religious organization, but Trinity Lutheran and Espinoza have never said that the Free Exercise Clause prohibits States from withholding funds because of the religious use to which the money will be put.

  4. Chaplain Cizek:

    I went to seminary, graduating in 2001 while serving in the reserves and later joined the Air Force as a chaplain endorsed by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, i commissioned as a chaplain in 2007 because I wanted to use my military experience to serve our great men and women in uniform.

  5. David Mathews:

    We just built a brand new fire hall and it was destroyed. Also a row of houses near the fire hall. The Lutheran Church was destroyed, it's all in rubble.

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