New PDF release: A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir
By Thomas C. Oden
2014 top Theological Memoir from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore
How did one of many 20th century's such a lot celebrated liberals have any such dramatic switch of middle?
After transforming into up within the middle of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden discovered Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his mind's eye. He joined the post-World warfare II pacifist move and have become enamored with each point of the Fifties' ecumenical pupil Christian circulation. Ten years ahead of America's access into the Vietnam battle he in demand Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, each flip was once a left turn.
At Yale he earned his PhD lower than H. Richard Niebuhr and later met with probably 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 health center room. whereas touring along with his relatives via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and obtained 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 through assorted shapes of truth. but it was once a problem from a Jewish student, his buddy and mentor Will Herberg, that brought on 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 statement on Scripture. This attention-grabbing memoir walks us via not just his own background yet probably the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.
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