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Loraine Boettner

Loraine Boettner (1901-1990) a Reformed Theologian, born on a farm in Linden, Missouri. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Tarkio College in 1925, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he studied Systematic Theology under Dr. Casper W. Hodge and received his Th.B. (1928) and Th.M. (1929). He taught Bible for eight years in Pikeville College, Kentucky. In 1933 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Tarkio College, and in 1957 the degree of Doctor of Literature. He was a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

From 1958 until his own death in 1990, Dr. Boettner lived a quite life in Rock Port, Missouri. For the remaining 32 years of his life, he generously sold his books at cost to any who wrote to ask for them. In doing so, Boettner made good conservative theology readily available at a time when such material was often difficult to come by. Through his writings, he served to popularize the Reformed faith and influenced literally tens of thousands of men and women around the world.[1]


Boettner's influence occurred primarily by means of his succinct and methodical writing. Some of his more notable books (most still available) include the following:

  • The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (P & R Publishing, December 1990)
  • Roman Catholicism (P & R Publishing, June 2000)
  • Studies In Theology (P & R Publishing, March 1984)
  • Immortality (Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1956)
  • The Millennium (P & R Publishing, December 1990) Boettner was a Postmillennilist
  • A Harmony of the Gospels (P & R Publishing, July 1976)


  1. Biographical Sketch PCA Historical Center.

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