By Thomas C. Oden
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How did one of many 20th century's so much celebrated liberals have any such dramatic swap of center?
After turning out to be 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 warfare II pacifist circulation and have become enamored with each element of the Fifties' ecumenical scholar Christian circulate. Ten years prior to 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 less 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 clinic room. whereas touring along with his relatives via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and bought 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 different shapes of truth. 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 historical Christianity. Later a gathering with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Benedict XVI) planted the seeds for what turned Odens hugely influential Ancient Christian remark on Scripture. This attention-grabbing memoir walks us via not just his own background yet one of the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.
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