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Preaching Christ

in a Pluralistic Age

Carl E. Braten

Pluralism as such is not the enemy of the gospel. Preaching the Christian message will always encounter a world with many religions, world-views, ideologies, and lifestyles. The earliest generation of Christians found themselves in a pluralistic situation. They were witnessing to Jews as well as to Greeks and Romans in the great melting pot of Hellenistic culture.

Religious pluralism does pose a threat when it becomes an ideological dogma that asserts that all religions are equally valid and lead to the same goal. Many of the sermons in this volume challenge the pluralistic theology of religion that effectively nullifies the “Great Commission” to preach the gospel to all the nations. These sermons are mostly didactic; they teach the faith. They are doctrinal; they assert and defend the truths of the classical Christian tradition. These sermons are unabashedly Christocentric in that they enter into the most controversial issues of Christology today. In the long run the only thing that will sustain the church through the ages is firm confidence in the biblical truth that God revealed himself in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

The church is utterly different from the world, the gospel it proclaims is unique to Christianity and different from other religions and ideologies. The church through the generations proclaims there is salvation in no other name than the holy name of Jesus the Christ. That is not in accord with the popular pluralistic theory of religions, but that is where we wish to take our stand, no matter how much that might offend what is deemed to be politically correct. – Carl E. Braaten

The Rev. Dr. Carl E. Braaten is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota; of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He has studied at the universities of Paris, Heidelberg, and Oxford and received his doctorate in theology from Harvard University. He has served as a parish pastor, an instructor at Luther Seminary, and for 30 years as Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He was a founder of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology and served as Executive Director from 1991 to 2006

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