Birthdays on August 26
Beale M. Schmucker was born on this day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where his father was founder and professor of Gettysburg Seminary. At a time when elements in the Lutheran Church had abandoned their statements of faith (their "confessions"), Beale went the other way. He helped write the Common Service, a plan of public worship that was used by evangelical Lutherans for the following one hundred years. His stand for the fundamentals of the old confessions went opposite the common trends of rationalism, Universalism and Pietism--and to the liberalism of his father.