LORAINE BOETTNER (1901-1990) was born on a farm in Linden, Missouri. He was a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.B., 1928; Th.M., 1929), where he studied Systematic Theology under Dr. C. W. Hodge. Previously he had graduated from Tarkio College, Missouri, and had taken a short course in Agriculture at the University of Missouri.
He taught Bible for eight years in Pikeville College, Kentucky. While there he married in 1932. In 1933 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity, and in 1957 the degree of Doctor of Literature. He was a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of USA. In 1937 he began working at the Library of Congress and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
"The two great objectives to be accomplished by Jesus Christ in His mission to this world were, first, the removal of the curse under which mankind labored as a result of the disobedience and fall, and second, the restoration of men to the image and fellowship of God. Both of these were essential to salvation. The work of Christ in reconciling God and men we call the Atonement; and the doctrine, we believe, lies at the very heart of the Christian system.
In the nature of the case we are altogether dependent on Scripture for our knowledge concerning this doctrine and can know only what God has seen fit to reveal concerning it. Human philosophy and speculation can contribute practically nothing toward its solution, and should be held in abeyance. Our present purpose is to give a systematized account of what the Scriptures teach concerning it, and to show that this fits in perfectly with the longings and aspirations of an enlightened spiritual nature." - Loraine Boettner
"Nothing reaches deeper into the heart of Evangelical Christianity than the truth that Christ died for our sin (1 Cor. 15:3). Nothing is more worthy of our study, than to know Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). Though seven decades have passed since the original publication of Loraine Boettner's book on the atonement, it speaks with remarkable freshness today because it speaks the imperishable Word of God. Readers will find Boettner's defense of the atonement against Modernism strikingly relevant to contemporary debates as theological Liberalism again rears its head in the church." --Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan