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Because of Christ: Memoirs of a Lutheran Pastor-Theologian Paperback – April 30, 2010

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About the Author

Carl E. Braaten is professor emeritus of systematic theology at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and former executive director of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (April 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802864716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802864710
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,872,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rod on January 4, 2012
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This book is not so much an autobiography in the traditional sense of that word as it is a journey through the changing theological landscape of the author's life. He helps us understand the mess today's churches are in as seminaries became more divorced from the churches they serve. While perhaps most applicable to the Lutheran family, there are insights and lessons for all Christian denominations.
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This autobiography of a major contemporary Christian Lutheran scholar and pastor not only witnesses to lively and faithful living, but teaches significant theological truths in the telling.
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This autobiography covers Dr. Braaten's faith and intellectual history from the teenage years of the forties to the present day. I found Braaten to be intellectually brilliant, but that this intelligence did not convert over into Biblical faithfulness. Quick to start great projects, Braaten does not see the line between his youthful, theological 'liberal-ness' and the continuous theological development that grew out of his own style of thought. He often bemoans the current state of the church, yet, he does not admit that his own liberalism is simply the father of today's theological lack of authority. Once the Scripture has been given up as the source of doctrine, what difference does someone's IQ or education matter in deciding theological truth? This is a question I simply don't see Braaten asking, and then he wonders why missions are of decreasing importance to the modern, mainline church...
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