It seems like everyone in the Lutheran blogsphere is reading that James Burkee book about the great Lutheran civil war. Has anyone read it? Reviews?
I was over at Lutheran Forum again and Robert Benne was commenting on how his side conducted itself in the ELCA civil war compared to the LCMS conservatives back in the 60s and 70s. He was lamenting how nasty everything got in Missouri. I would agree that much of what went on then was highly regretable- most notably the association between many of the conservatives and Herman Otten (whom I consider to be utterly reptilian!).
Nevertheless, on the other hand, not playing for keeps didn't really work for Benne and his group- i.e. they lost. In ecclesiastical warfare, the number one rule is that you must realize that you are playing a zero sum game. There is no peaceful co-existence. Either one side will win and determine everything or the other. Benne's group wanted too little and didn't fight hard enough. They just wanted to status quo. They didn't get that they and the other side could never peacefully co-exist. That was pure illusion.