Yes, even Confessional Lutheranism, denying Tradition, forgets its own tradition: few would know what Luther said that wasn't in the Book of Concord.
The Hohenzollerns didn't force the Prussian Union until 1798. The German Lutherans were already established in America by then. [...]
Thanks, iamistry, for correcting me. Still, I have some more questions about Lutheranism in the New World.
I was wrong so far as the timing of the Prussian Union and Lutheran immigration to North America. Still, before Christianity imploded in Scandinavia, the Swedes (for example) were high church compared to the EKD. While confessionally Lutheran, their högmässa
were often not that different from high Anglican or Roman Catholic Masses. See Ingmar Bergman's film Nattvardsgästerna
(lit. "The Communicants", titled "Winter Light" for anglophone audiences). The priest celebrates a Mass that is rather high up the candle from American Lutheranism. The church furnishings are certainly not iconoclastic: there are carved statuary reredoses over the altars, crucifixes, etc.
How, then, did North American Lutheranism, until relatively recently, take on more of a evangelical liturgical style in some circles? Is there any relationship between churchmanship and theology?
From what I understand, the LCMS is rather conservative liturgically. The ELCA is liturgically liberal and more Episcopal Eucharist/liberal Novus Ordo.