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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 This self-serving autobiography illustrates magnificently the apostate, bankrupt, anything-but-Lutheran ELCA.
Braaten has spent a lifetime making excuses for the Law and perverting the Gospel to conform with a modern and postmodern squishy feel-good sin is a myth, and the Bible is more fairytale than fact. If you want to know what Lutheranism is, or understand its theology, this isn't the book. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.
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Because of Christ: Memoirs of a Lutheran Pastor-Theologian
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Evangelical theologians should be grateful for this memoir.