The founder of the Evangelical lutheran society
After graduating in Strasbourg, Horning ministered there, at the church of Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune. At first a liberal, he became a strong advocate of a return to the roots of Lutheranism : Luther’s catechism, the old Lutheran hymns, and a renewed respect for the authority of the Lutheran confession of faith.
When in 1848 the Lutheran assembly showed itself to be favourable to a union with the Reformed Church, he uttered a « solemn warning » (mise en garde) and founded the Evangelical lutheran society the purpose of which was to encourage “greater faithfulness to traditional dogma, insisting that justification through faith must remain central, rather than the activism, the asceticism and the sentimentalism favoured by some Protestant circles of his time » (Les Protestants A. Encrevé). This remarkable preacher refocused attention on parish life at a time when some Protestants preferred to be involved with groups or movements. This, however, does not imply that he did not take part in the great social achievements of his time.
- MAYEUR Jean-Marie et HILAIRE Yves-Marie, Dictionnaire du monde religieux dans la France contemporaine, Beauchesne, Paris, 1985-, Tome 9
Raoul Allier (1862-1939)
Professor of philosophy, Raoul Allier gets involved in Social Christianity, in the Dreyfus affair, in the preparation of the law of the Separation of Churches and State, in inciting Protestants to support the war effort from 1914, then in contacts between European theology students.
Eugène Bersier (1831-1889)
Pastor Eugène Bersier was to be a man of action : he founded of the Evangelical Church of l’Etoile and wrote a new liturgy. He was likewise a man of peace, bent on restoring the unity of a badly divided Reformed Church.
Ami Bost (1790-1874)
Ami Bost is considered as one of the best-known advocates of the Revival Movement. He was feared by those who opposed him because of his “bad temper” and his flair for polemics, especially at the beginning of his ministry. A good musician, he wrote hymns, some of which are still sung today.
Frédéric Monod (1794-1863)
François Puaux (1806-1895)