(2) A treatiser writes treatises; a tractator writes tracts.
The tractator's faux apocalyptic typically trades on thinly argued but nevertheless tenaciously orated narratives of decline.
The tractator's penchant for the apocalyptic and the Manichaean leads to a third characteristic of tracts.
The tractator temptation did not gain a hold on Carl all at once.
In the Lutheran landscape from the mid-1980s forward, Carl appeared fully dressed in tractator attire, treading well-worn trails blazed by droves of self-styled apocalyptic tractators.
Carl fits his 1991 resignation from LSTC snugly within his standard tractator narrative of decline, and he does so by endorsing his long-time friend and colleague Robert Jenson's apologia: What made Carl Braaten overturn his life is a judgment: seminaries of the ELCA are now institutions emphatically inhospitable to theological work and instruction, and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.
While Carl-treatiser is perfectly capable of tackling these issues (Memoirs, 112), the temptation to tractator mode and mood seems at times to overwhelm him.
Also under the hammer will be examples of Kroll squid, Mandrells, Nimons, Foamasis, Tractators
, Mogarians and Vervoids and a Brontasaurus spanning the tenure of Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy at the helm of the Tardis.