By Thomas C. Oden
2014 top Theological Memoir from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore
How did one of many 20th century's so much celebrated liberals have any such dramatic swap of middle?
After starting to be up within the middle of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden chanced on Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his mind's eye. He joined the post-World battle II pacifist circulation and have become enamored with each element of the Nineteen Fifties' ecumenical pupil Christian circulate. Ten years earlier than America's access into the Vietnam conflict he trendy Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, each flip used to be a left turn.
At Yale he earned his PhD lower than H. Richard Niebuhr and later met with one of the most ambitious minds of the era―enjoying conversations with Gadamer, Bultmann and Pannenberg in addition to a long dialogue with Karl Barth at a makeshift place of work in his medical institution room. whereas touring along with his kin via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and obtained his first style of historical Christianity. And slowly, he stopped making left turns.
Oden's enthusiasms for pacifism, ecumenism and the interface among theology and psychotherapy have been ambushed by way of various shapes of fact. but it was once a problem from a Jewish student, his pal and mentor Will Herberg, that brought on his so much dramatic turn―back to the good minds of historical Christianity. Later a gathering with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Benedict XVI) planted the seeds for what turned Odens hugely influential Ancient Christian observation on Scripture. This interesting memoir walks us via not just his own background yet essentially the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.
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