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Lutheran USA 1,500,000 - - - 1900 Carruth, Gorton. The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates (10th Edition), HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.: New York (1997); pg. 387. "A survey of Protestant religious sects in the U.S. at the end of the nineteenth century showed... 6,000,000 Methodists; 5,000,000 Baptists; 1,500,000 Lutherans; 1,500,000 Presbyterians; 350,000 Mormons; and 80,000 Christian Scientists. "
Lutheran USA 1,500,000 - - - 1906 Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1988); pg. 21. "When the Census of Religious Bodies was conducted in 1906, Methodists still ranked first, with 5.7 million members; Baptists came in second, with 5.6 million; Presbyterians ranked third, with 1.8 million; Lutherans, fourth, with 1.5 million... "
Lutheran USA 2,500,000 - - - 1910 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 756. "It is hardly surprising that a communion which numbered a scant half-million in 1870 had almost quintupled by 1910, but which time they were outnumbered only by the Roman Catholics, Methodists, and Baptists. "
Lutheran USA 2,250,000 - - - 1910 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). After massive immigration from Europe.
Lutheran USA 2,250,000 - - - 1910 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 139. "...1870 until 1910... Lutheran church membership leaped from less than 500,000 to nearly 2.25 million... "
Lutheran USA 5,420,115 - 19,033
units
- 1945 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 458. "In 1941 the Lutheran bodies of America had a grand total of 13,565 pastors, 19,033 congregations, and 5,420,115 members, thus being the largest the country's third largest Protestant denomination. "
Lutheran USA 7,388,176 - - - 1956 Spence, Hartzell. The Story of America's Religions; New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1960) [1st printing 1957]; pg. 39. "in 1956, their [Lutheran] total United States membership was 7,388,176 "
Lutheran USA 7,000,000 4.17% - - 1957 Welles, Sam. The World's Great Religions, New York: Time Incorporated (1957); pg. 204-205. Table: "Christians, Their Practices "; "Lutherans: Members in... U.S., 7 million children and adults. There are 19 groups in U.S., the largest being the United Lutheran Church in America. Total U.S. assets, over $1 billion. "
Lutheran USA 8,000,000 - - - 1959 Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 182. "Today the communicants of the Lutheran bodies in the United States number about eight million members. "
Lutheran USA 8,188,289 - - - 1960 Rosten, Leo (ed.). Religions in America; New York: Simon & Schuster (1963), 8th ed. [1st pub. in 1952. 8th ed. completely revised]; pg. 120. "Lutheran membership in the United States at the end of 1960 was 8,188,289. An additional four or five million persons give 'Lutheran' as their church preference when they fill out questionnaires. "
Lutheran USA 13,000,000 - - - 1960 Rosten, Leo (ed.). Religions in America; New York: Simon & Schuster (1963), 8th ed. [1st pub. in 1952. 8th ed. completely revised]; pg. 120. "Lutheran membership in the United States at the end of 1960 was 8,188,289. An additional four or five million persons give 'Lutheran' as their church preference when they fill out questionnaires. "
Lutheran USA 8,000,000 - - - 1975 Wallechinsky, David & Irving Wallace; The People's Almanac; Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1975); pg. 1266. List of "Major World Religions ": "In the U.S., [Lutheran] membership is over 8 million. "
Lutheran USA - 4.30% - - 1977 Wallechinsky, David & Irving Wallace; The People's Almanac: #2; New York: William Morrow & Co.: (1978); pg. 309. United States of America: "Religions: Roman Catholic, 24.1%; Baptist, 13.1%; Methodist, 6.3%; Lutheran, 4.3%; Eastern Orthodox, 2.1%; Presbyterian, 1.9%; Jewish, 1.9%; Episcopal, 1.4%; Latter-day Saints, 1.3%; other or no religion, 43.6% "
Lutheran USA 8,500,000 - - - 1979 Carmody, Denise Lardner & John Tully Carmody. Western Ways to the Center: An Introduction to Western Religions; Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Co. (1983); pg. 122. Table: "Membership Data on Major American Religious Groups [1979] "
Lutheran USA 8,595,934 - - - 1982 Popenoe, David. Sociology (5th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1983). [Orig. source: The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1982. New York: Newspaper Enterprise Association, 1982, pp. 351-352.]; pg. 446. Table: "Religious Membership in the United States "
Lutheran USA 8,000,000 - - - 1983 Berger, Gilda. Religion: A Reference First Book. New York: Franklin Watts (1983); pg. 56. "More than 8 million Lutherans live in the United States, about 40 million live in Germany. "
Lutheran USA 8,000,000 - - - 1986 Pastva, Loretta. Great Religions of the World; Winona, Minnesota: Saint Mary's Press, Christian Brothers Publications (1995) [9th printing. 1st printing in 1986]; pg. 213. "Today, Lutherans are the largest Protestant body in the world, with 70 million members worldwide and about 8 million members in the U.S. "
Lutheran USA - - - - 1988 Naisbitt, John & Patricia Aburdene. Megatrends 2000: Ten New Directions for the 1990's. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1990); pg. 273-274. "In the 1960's the mainstream's previously healthy growth rates began to decline precipitiously. The figures below compare membership in 1965 with the latest members cited in the 1988 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches:.. The three largest Lutheran denominations lost more than half a million members. "
Lutheran USA 8,363,020 3.37% 18,870
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. This "Lutheran " figure is an aggregate from the 12 major American Lutheran religious bodies: Apostolic Lutheran Church of America; Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America; Church of the Lutheran Confession; Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Evangelical Lutheran Synod; Free Lutheran Congregations, Association of; Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod; Lutheran Churches, American Association of; The Protestant Conference (Lutheran); Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. [U.S. totals, all states; member (as opposed to inclusive adherents) total: 6,239,524]
Lutheran USA 9,110,000 5.20% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 15-17. Table 1-2: Self-Described Adherence of U.S. Adult Population 1990. Phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by Graduate School of City U. of New York.
Lutheran USA - 5.20% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Lutheran USA - 7.00% - - 1992 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "What specific denomination is that? (asked of Protestants) "; [this figure is percentage of U.S. total population]
Lutheran USA - 6.00% - - 1993 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "What specific denomination is that? (asked of Protestants) "; [this figure is percentage of U.S. total population]
Lutheran USA - 5.00% - - 1994 Neusner, Jacob (ed). World Religions in America: An Introduction; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press (1994); pg. 2. "About 60% of American people are Protestants (among them, 19% are Baptists, 8% Methodists, 5% Lutherans, and the other 28% divided among many groups). "
Lutheran USA - 7.00% - - 1994 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "What specific denomination is that? (asked of Protestants) "; [this figure is percentage of U.S. total population]
Lutheran USA 8,300,000 - - - 1995 1995 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches -
Lutheran USA 8,300,000 - - - 1995 *LINK* Evangelical Lutheran Church in America web site; web page: "January 25, 1996 News Releases " (viewed 9 July 1999). Story: "More than 60 Million Lutherans Worldwide " [96-01-003-FI] "Germany, where the Lutheran tradition has its origin, had the largest number of Lutherans in any one country, its Lutheran churches having a combined membership of 14.3 million, ahead of the United States with 8.3 million. "
Lutheran USA 8,319,591 - - - 1995 *LINK* Evangelical Lutheran Church in America web site; web page: "January 25, 1996 News Releases " (viewed 9 July 1999). Story: "More than 60 Million Lutherans Worldwide " [96-01-003-FI] List: "Countries with more than 1/2 million Lutherans "
Lutheran USA - 8.00% - - 1995 *LINK* web page: "Principle Denominations in the U.S. "; web site: "Supporting Materials: Culture " (Slippery Rock Univ., PA). (viewed 31 Aug. 1999). Last Revised: 12-1-95 Pie chart: "Principal U.S. Denominations "; R. Catholic 25%; Baptist 21%; Methodist 12%; Lutheran 8%; Other "
Lutheran USA - 6.00% - - 1995 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "What specific denomination is that? (asked of Protestants) "; [this figure is percentage of U.S. total population]
Lutheran USA - 6.00% - - 1996 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "What specific denomination is that? (asked of Protestants) "; [this figure is percentage of U.S. total population]
Lutheran USA 8,300,000 - - - 1997 "Lutherans by the numbers " in Christian Century (March 4, 1998); pg. 228. "The largest number of Lutherans in any one country can be found in Germany, the birthplace of the faith. German Lutherans number just over 14 million, followed by U.S. Lutherans, who number nearly 8.3 million in several Lutheran denominations. "
Lutheran USA 8,500,000 - - - 1997 1998 Catholic Almanac: Our Sunday Visitor: USA (1997); pg. 280. "There are about 8.5 million Lutherans in the United States, making them the fourth largest Christian grouping, after Roman Catholics, Baptists, and Methodists... nearly 20 U.S. Lutheran church bodies... "
Lutheran USA 13,000,000 5.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 2 - Americas. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 32, 34. "Americans: Location: United States; Population: 260 million "; "The largest Protestant denominations are the Baptists with 10% of the population, followed by the Methodists (8%), Lutherans (5%), and Presbyterians (3%). "
Lutheran USA 8,350,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (viewed circa Nov. 1998); "last updated October 1998 " Table: "Christian Organizations "; "Membership numbers, as supplied by various denominations "; this entry listed in table as "Lutheran Churches, " presumably a count of affiliated Lutherans.
Lutheran USA 8,350,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (viewed circa Nov. 1998); "last updated October 1998 " Table: "Largest Religious Groups: The 16 US faith groups and ethical systems with memberships over 1 million are: "; listed in table as "Lutheran Churches "
Lutheran USA - gay and lesbian - - - - 1995 Witt, Lynn; S. Thomas & Eric Marcus (ed.) Out in All Directions: A Treasury of Gay and Lesbian America. New York: Warner Books (1995); pg. 315. Table: "Gay and lesbian spiritual organizations within major Christian denominations "; 8 groups listed, for major denominational families, including: Integrity (Lutherans)
Lutheran USA - Middle Colonies - 8.60% - - 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 29-30. Table 2.1: "Denominational Percentages by Region, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total Num. of congreg: 1,285.
Lutheran USA - South - 3.80% - - 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 29-30. Table 2.1: "Denominational Percentages by Region, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total Num. of congreg: 845.
Lutheran Utah 9,793 0.57% 29
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. This "Lutheran " figure is an aggregate from organizational adherent statistics from the 12 major American Lutheran religious bodies.
Lutheran Utah - 1.20% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Lutheran Utah - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Lutheran "
Lutheran Vermont 2,152 0.38% 10
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. This "Lutheran " figure is an aggregate from organizational adherent statistics from the 12 major American Lutheran religious bodies.
Lutheran Vermont - 1.30% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Lutheran Vermont - 0.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Lutheran "; Actual % between 0 and 0.5%, so sell was left blank.
Lutheran Virginia - 1.80% 9
units
- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 277-281. Table A.1: "Denominational Percentages by Colony, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total num. of congreg. = 491.
Lutheran Virginia - 0.22% 9
units
- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 277-281. Table A.1: "Denominational Percentages by Colony, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total num. of congreg. = 491. Denominational % (1.8%) multiplied by state's adherence rate from table on pg. 27: 12%.
Lutheran Virginia 82,892 1.34% 247
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. This "Lutheran " figure is an aggregate from organizational adherent statistics from the 12 major American Lutheran religious bodies.
Lutheran Virginia - 2.30% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Lutheran Virginia - 2.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Lutheran "
Lutheran Virginia - whites - 0.40% 9
units
- 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 277-281. Table A.1: "Denominational Percentages by Colony, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total num. of congreg. = 491. Denominational % (1.8%) multiplied by state's adherence rate from table on pg. 27: 22%. [Figure for whites calculated separately for southern states where large numbers of black slaves, few of whom were religiously affiliated at this time; otherwise southern denominational % figures are skewed lower.]
Lutheran Washington 184,860 3.80% 461
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. This "Lutheran " figure is an aggregate from organizational adherent statistics from the 12 major American Lutheran religious bodies.
Lutheran Washington - 7.80% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Lutheran Washington - 6.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Lutheran "
Lutheran Washington, D.C. - 0.20% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York. [Geographic region in this table is listed as "District of Columbia ", not "Washington, D.C. "]
Lutheran Washington, D.C. - 5.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Lutheran "
Lutheran West Virginia 15,509 0.86% 63
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. This "Lutheran " figure is an aggregate from organizational adherent statistics from the 12 major American Lutheran religious bodies.
Lutheran West Virginia - 0.90% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Lutheran West Virginia - 1.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Lutheran "
Lutheran Wisconsin 945,095 19.32% 1,645
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. This "Lutheran " figure is an aggregate from the 12 major American Lutheran religious bodies: Apostolic Lutheran Church of America; Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America; Church of the Lutheran Confession; Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Evangelical Lutheran Synod; Free Lutheran Congregations, Association of; Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod; Lutheran Churches, American Association of; The Protestant Conference (Lutheran); Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
Lutheran Wisconsin - 26.20% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Lutheran Wisconsin - 22.00% - - 2001 *LINK* Kosmin, Barry A.; Egon Mayer; & Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identity Survey. " 2001. City University of New York. ARIS: Nationwide phone survey of 50,000 American adults; open-ended question: 'What is your religion, if any?'; Listed in table: "Lutheran "
Lutheran world 15,000,000 - - - 1618 Bishop, Peter & Michael Darton (editors). The Encyclopedia of World Faiths: An Illustrated Survey of the World's Living Faiths. New York: Facts on File Publications (1987); pg. 114. "By 1618 Lutheranism numbered 15,000,000 followers who lived under a wide varity of circumstances yet shared the Augsburg Confession as a statement of faith. "
Lutheran world 75,000,000 - - - 1956 Beck, Vector E. Why I Am a Lutheran. New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons (1956); pg. 45. "The Lutherans today number about one-third of the Protestants of the world, about seventy-five million. In addition to the Scandinavian countries, Finland and Iceland, there are Lutherans in Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Holland and Romania. Lutheran missions today are to be found in nearly all parts of the world as Australia, Brazil, Ceylon, India, Hong Kong, Mexico, Portugal, the Phillipines, Formosa, Japan, West Indies, Madagascar, Bolivia, Venezuela, Indonesia. "
Lutheran world 70,770,000 3.00% - - 1957 Spence, Hartzell. The Story of America's Religions; New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1960) [1st printing 1957]; pg. 43. "The Lutheran Church is the largest Protestant body in the world, numbering 70,770,000 persons, or almost three per cent of the world's population. "


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