By Thomas C. Oden
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How did one of many 20th century's so much celebrated liberals have any such dramatic switch of center?
After becoming up within the middle of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden stumbled on Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his mind's eye. He joined the post-World struggle II pacifist circulate and have become enamored with each point of the Nineteen Fifties' ecumenical pupil Christian stream. Ten years ahead of America's access into the Vietnam conflict he fashionable Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, each flip used to be 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 together with his family members via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and bought his first flavor 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 way of various shapes of fact. but it used to be a problem from a Jewish pupil, his good friend and mentor Will Herberg, that triggered his such a lot 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 turned Odens hugely influential Ancient Christian remark 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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A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir by Thomas C. Oden