Grundtvig, Controversial, Lutheran
Frederik Lange Grundtvig was the third son of Nikolai
Frederik Severin Grundtvig. He came to America in 1881 at
the age of 27, spent less that 19 of his 49 years here, served in
only one pastorate and yet became one of the most controversial
figures among the Danish immigrants. Grundtvig
came to America a budding young scientist; he left as an
accomplished clergyman. He wrote numerous articles,
pamphlets and books, all which are buried in the Danish
language, but none of which have real significance for this
day. Beyond the Danish community his name is little known
today, yet he left behind a legacy of both controversy and
appreciation. The controversy eventually issued in a hopelessly
divided Danish Lutheran Church among the immigrants.
The appreciation lives on in a songbook, still in use in
"A Grundtvig In America,"
The Bridge: Vol. 20
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/thebridge/vol20/iss1/7