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Carl E. Braaten is professor emeritus of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and was executive director of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. His many previous books, written and edited, include No Other Gospel! Christianity among the World’s Religions and I Am the Lord Your God: Christian Reflections on the Ten Commandments.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (April 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802864716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802864710
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 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)
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I first came into contact with Carl Braaten from his lecture at Rose Hill College back in the 90s (which was an earnest but ultimately unfunded attempt at having an Orthodox Great Books college). His lecture was witty, sharp and even a little acerbic. One respondent jokingly said that after hearing Braaten's words he came to a new understanding of "sourbraaten"! As a good Norwegian, he laughed...a little. I then read some of his books, including what I consider to be must-read material for all Lutherans (and anyone seriously seeking to understand the meaning of Church)Mother Church: Ecclesiology and Ecumenism. So with that little background I came across this book, which he calls a `theological autobiograhpy'. It's delightful, reminding me of Mascall's Saraband: The Memoirs of E.L. Mascall with its blend of humorous anecdotes and name dropping, nostalgic reminiscence and devout orthodoxy (Braaten shifted that way after he outgrew his theological liberalism).

Braaten recounts his life growing up in Madagascar on the mission field- no easy life being away from one's parents for most of the year in the boarding schools. Even so, a deep, earthy piety that is so typical of Lutherans of his generation took root in the young man so that by the time he came back to the United States to finish his senior year in high school the fundamentals of the faith in character and loyalty were so well established that the questions of philosophy and theology were never too far from his mind.
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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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