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1517 is rooted in the legacy of Martin Luther and the first evangelicals of the Reformation.

They create and distribute theological and apologetic resources anchored in the central message of the Bible: that Christ died for sinners and rose for their justification. Through the proclamation of the Gospel, they aim to give assurance and consolation to Christians, enable individuals to serve their neighbors in freedom, and strengthen the church.

The Lutheran Foundation

Initial funding for The Institute for Intellectual Formation & Skeptical Inquiry was provided by The Lutheran Foundation. The Lutheran Foundation is a public charity that represents 96 Lutheran congregations located throughout Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties. The Foundation originated in 1904 as Lutheran Hospital. In 1995, Lutheran Hospital was sold, and the proceeds from that sale funded the corpus of the Foundation as we know it today. It has awarded nearly $122 million through grants to Lutheran congregations and nonprofit organizations within the 10-county service area. In addition, the Foundation manages a variety of restricted funds, with disbursements made regularly according to the funds’ established guidelines.


What is “intellectual formation”? In Rom. 12:2, the apostle Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”