By Thomas C. Oden
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How did one of many 20th century's so much celebrated liberals have the sort of dramatic switch of middle?
After becoming up within the center of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden discovered Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his mind's eye. He joined the post-World struggle II pacifist move and have become enamored with each element of the Fifties' ecumenical pupil Christian circulation. Ten years prior to America's access into the Vietnam battle he well known 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 essentially 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 together with his relatives via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and bought his first style 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 diversified shapes of truth. but it was once a problem from a Jewish student, his pal and mentor Will Herberg, that induced 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 grew to become Odens hugely influential Ancient Christian statement on Scripture. This interesting memoir walks us via not just his own heritage yet essentially 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