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Loraine Boettner


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Loraine Boettner (March 7, 1901 – January 3, 1990) was an American theologian, teacher, and author in the Reformed tradition. He is best known for his works on predestination, Roman Catholicism, and Postmillennial eschatology.

Boettner was born in Linden, Missouri. He received a Th.B. (1928) and Th.M. (1929) from Princeton Theological Seminary, and he received the honorary degrees of Doctor of Divinity (1933) and Doctor of Letters (1957). He was a member of theOrthodox Presbyterian Church. For eight years he taught Bible at Pikeville College in Kentucky, and in 1937 he began working at the Library of Congress and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

While his daily vocation was not theology or Biblical studies, he continued to write and publish books until near his death, the most successful of which were The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination and Roman Catholicism,[1] Boettner’s critical commentary on the Roman Catholic faith. This book has been called by its critics “The Anti-Catholic Bible” because of the author’s aim to antagonize the Catholic Church, which, according to them, “has gravely compromised his intellectual objectivity”.[2] A recent doctoral study claims that the research done by Boettner in Roman Catholicism “is simply flimsy” and makes use of old and refuted anti-Catholic clichés.[3]

The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination and Immortality were translated into Chinese by Charles H. Chao (1952, 1962), into German by Ivo Carobbio, and into Japanese

Taken from Wikipedia: Loraine Boettner


Biographical sketch

Born: March 7th 1901, Linden Missouri

Father: William; Christian School Superintendant

Mother: Vinn; Homemaker

Mom & Dad had different theological positions; Mom was a Methodist.

In 1917 studied agriculture @ the University of Missouri.

Finished his degree from Tarkio Presbyterian College (Cum Laud)

While at Tarkio, Loraine was greatly influenced by professor J.B. Work, who was a staunch Calvinist

In 1925 Boettner furthered his education while attending Princeton. In 1928 he received his Th.B, and in 1929 his Th.M.

While attending Princeton, Boettner syudied under Casper Hodge.

1932 married Lillian Henry

1932 wrote “Reformed Doctrine of Predestination”.

1937 Boettner taught @ Pikesville Presbyterian College

1937 Hired on @ the Library of Congress & Internal Revenue Services.

1948 Moved to Los Angeles due to Lillians health; She died in 1958

1989 Boettner’s health diminished. He later died in Fairfax Hopsital, Montana in the year of 1990