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eBook Because of Christ: Memoirs of a Lutheran Pastor-Theologian epub
  • ISBN: 0802864716
  • Author: Carl E. Braaten
  • Genre: Christians
  • Subcategory: Protestantism
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (April 30, 2010)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • ePUB size: 1536 kb
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Carl Braaten’s memoirs tell the story of his life as a theologian, from his .

Carl Braaten’s memoirs tell the story of his life as a theologian, from his early years as a missionary kid in Madagascar to his years of study at the universities of Paris, Harvard, Heidelberg, and Oxford to his decades of teaching. Throughout the book, he delves into the many theological movements, controversies, and personalities that shaped his thinking and writing. Braaten’s fight for the faith is reflected in his theological work―spoken and written―that tangles with the isms of the surrounding culture of American religion. Carl E. Braaten is one of the leading theologians in American Lutheranism.

Carl Braaten as "a Lutheran theologian" is one thing, but Carl Braaten as "a Lutheran theologian" is quite another! .

Carl Braaten as "a Lutheran theologian" is one thing, but Carl Braaten as "a Lutheran theologian" is quite another! Just so, some commemorate his influence with joy; others remember him less cheerfully.

Because of Christ: Memoirs of a Lutheran Pastor-Theologian Apr 30, 2010.

A well-written theological autobiography, Because of Christ is an intellectual travelogue p. .In this compelling memoir, Carl Braaten tells the story of his life as a theologian, from his early years as a missionary kid in Madagascar, to his years of study at the universities of Paris, Harvard, Heidelberg, and Oxford, to his decades of teaching. Throughout his narrative Braaten delves into the many theological movements, controversies, and personalities that have shaped his thinking and writing.

He served as a parish pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in.

He served as a parish pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Minneapolis from 1958-1961. From 1961-1991 Braaten served as a professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran School.

For an eager young pastor, deeply rooted in the Lutheran heritage and striving to be a parish theologian, it was .

For an eager young pastor, deeply rooted in the Lutheran heritage and striving to be a parish theologian, it was a rare privilege to learn from one reputed to be among the greatest Lutheran theologians of the later twentieth century. It was not until I read Braaten's autobiography, Because of Christ: Memoirs of a Lutheran Theologian, that I realized that his illustration of the French resistance was not new, but one that he had developed in 1966 for a lecture on "the ecumenical significance for Lutherans of the Second Vatican Council. 1 (67) He notes that the title of.

Select Format: Paperback. ISBN13: 9781532665936. Braaten’s fight for the faith is reflected in his theological work - spoken and written - that tangles with the isms of the surrounding culture of American religion.

What a marvelous book! . Because of Christ Memoirs of a Lutheran Theologian by Carl E. Braaten.

Because of Christ Memoirs of a Lutheran Theologian by Carl E. In this compelling memoir Carl Braaten tells the story of his life as a theologian, from his early years as a missionary kid in Madagascar, to his years of study at the universities of Paris, Harvard, Heidelberg, and Oxford, to his decades of teaching.

Carl Edward Braaten (born 1929) is an American Lutheran theologian and minister.

Carl Braaten’s memoirs tell the story of his life as a theologian, from his early years as a missionary kid in Madagascar to his years of study at the universities of Paris, Harvard, Heidelberg, and Oxford to his decades of teaching. Throughout the book, he delves into the many theological movements, controversies, and personalities that shaped his thinking and writing. / Braaten’s fight for the faith is reflected in his theological work ― spoken and written ― that tangles with the “isms” of the surrounding culture of American religion. Because of Christ is more than simply a biography; it is a chronicle of the chief theological conflicts of the twentieth century that put the integrity of the gospel to the test.
Comments: (6)
Irostamore
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. He took up such studies with his wife at the Sorbonne in Paris and later at Luther Seminary, where he would meet his lifelong ecumenical partner and brain trust Jens (Robert) Jenson, of no little fame. From there it was off to Germany for more studies and a deep drinking from Tillich and the young and promising Pannenberg.

The rest of the story, and there is a great deal more, recounts his wide travels as a teacher, including Oxford, along with his shift in theological perspective from a certian type of liberalism, through various German school sof thought typical of educated Protestantis, of the mid-20th century, to be more aligned with Lutheran Orthodoxy, where he remains today, along with his extensive teaching and writing career around the world and his particular interest in the sort of ecumenism that doesn't seek a lowest common denominator. His work as editor of Dialog and Pro Ecclesia is recognized as a fine example of this ecumenical vision. His founding, along with Jenson, of The Center for Catholic and Evangelical Studies has been a flagship producer of books on this topic, often based upon his center's conferences. Along the way he recalls the struggles within Lutheranism itself to find its identity in relation to the gospel, and not in relation to the culture as just another denomination that seeks to remain on its own. He is of the Lutheran school that says one only knows why one is Lutheran if one knows why one is not Roman Catholic. But not in a bitter way, but in a confessional way that will be the only impetus to a true ecumenism that doesn't do away with differences for the sake of flag waving and handholding with a little kumbaya thrown in for multicultural purposes.

I found it particularly instructive his looking back over 50 years of theological reflection and practice. I am sure he would never have thought, at age 30, that he would hold the views he does today, at almost 80. There is something to reflect on there for myself.
Goltigor
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.
Nuliax
This well written auto biography of a confessional Lutheran should be read by all confessional Christians. Amazing courage to address the issues facing the ELCA.
Flash_back
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...
Hugifyn
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.
Sharpbringer
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.
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