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4 Stars Out Of 5
November 27, 2013
I purchased this book based upon the title and product description. I was disappointed for it really lacked comparisons of other Christian traditions. >>>>>>
It is weak on comparisons with other Christian traditions. The author would quote one or two sentences, maybe a paragraph from different Traditions confessional statements or catechisms. There was no interactions with the other traditions. Thus the book has little value in this respect. I wished there would have been some interaction when a comparison was supposed to be made. For example what is the difference between Orthodoxy's view of sin vs Lutheran view of sin, etc. I know that Orthodoxy view of sin is based on a medical model while the Lutheran view is based upon a forensic model. Yet I would not know this from this book. >>>>>>
Its strengths are (1) giving an excellent presentation of what conservative Lutheran churches believe regarding the confessional statements found in the book of Concord; (2) a clear view of the inerrancy of Scripture; (3) an excellent resource for those who want to explore Lutheranism; (4) a good resource for comparing your Christian tradition with conservative Lutheranism.>>>>>>>
My wish: Instead of comparing Lutherans with other traditions, I wished it would have made the comparison with what is going on with the liberal Lutheran churches and used current documents instead of quoting a liberal view from the 19th century and early 20th century.