By Thomas C. Oden
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How did one of many 20th century's such a lot celebrated liberals have this sort of dramatic swap of center?
After turning out to be up within the middle of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden came across Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his mind's eye. He joined the post-World conflict II pacifist move and have become enamored with each element of the Fifties' ecumenical pupil Christian circulate. Ten years earlier than America's access into the Vietnam warfare he favourite 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 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 clinic room. whereas touring along with his family members via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and acquired his first style of historic Christianity. And slowly, he stopped making left turns.
Oden's enthusiasms for pacifism, ecumenism and the interface among theology and psychotherapy have been ambushed through diversified shapes of fact. but it used to be a problem from a Jewish pupil, his good friend and mentor Will Herberg, that induced his so much dramatic turn―back to the nice 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 attention-grabbing memoir walks us via not just his own heritage yet probably the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.
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