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Lutherans, Political Resistance and the 1550 Magdeburg Confession

Ryan MacPherson

Pastor Todd Wilken interviewed Ryan MacPherson on the Issues, Etc., radio program concerning the Magdeburg Confession of 1550, by which the second generation of Lutheran reformers explained the proper relationship between church and state and the conditions under which political resistance is appropriate.

This interview is based on a written version, entitled “The Magdeburg Interpretation of Romans 13: A Lutheran Justification for Political Resistance.”


Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson is the founding president of The Hausvater Project. He lives with his wife Marie and their homeschool children in Mankato, Minnesota, where he teaches American history, history of science, and bioethics at Bethany Lutheran College. For more information, visit


TAGS: Civic Order, Religious Liberty

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