By Thomas C. Oden
2014 top Theological Memoir from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore
How did one of many 20th century's such a lot celebrated liberals have one of these dramatic swap of center?
After becoming up within the middle of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden came upon Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his mind's eye. He joined the post-World battle II pacifist move and have become enamored with each element of the Fifties' ecumenical scholar Christian circulation. Ten years ahead of America's access into the Vietnam struggle he prominent Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, each flip used to be a left turn.
At Yale he earned his PhD less than H. Richard Niebuhr and later met with essentially 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 workplace in his clinic room. whereas touring along with his relations via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and acquired his first style of old 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 means of diversified shapes of fact. but it used to be a problem from a Jewish pupil, his pal and mentor Will Herberg, that triggered his so much dramatic turn―back to the good minds of old Christianity. Later a gathering with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Benedict XVI) planted the seeds for what grew to become Odens hugely influential Ancient Christian remark on Scripture. This interesting memoir walks us via not just his own background yet the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.
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A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir by Thomas C. Oden