By Thomas C. Oden
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How did one of many 20th century's such a lot celebrated liberals have this type of dramatic switch of center?
After starting to be up within the center of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden chanced on Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his mind's eye. He joined the post-World warfare II pacifist circulation and have become enamored with each element of the Fifties' ecumenical pupil Christian circulation. Ten years earlier than America's access into the Vietnam warfare he popular Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, each flip was once a left turn.
At Yale he earned his PhD below H. Richard Niebuhr and later met with probably the most bold 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 sanatorium room. whereas touring along with his kin via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and received his first flavor 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 pupil, his pal and mentor Will Herberg, that brought about his such a lot dramatic turn―back to the nice minds of historic Christianity. Later a gathering with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Benedict XVI) planted the seeds for what turned Odens hugely influential Ancient Christian statement on Scripture. This attention-grabbing memoir walks us via not just his own heritage yet the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.
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