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A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir by Thomas C. Oden

By Thomas C. Oden

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How did one of many 20th century's so much celebrated liberals have this type of dramatic switch of center?

After growing to be 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 conflict II pacifist circulation and have become enamored with each element of the Fifties' ecumenical pupil Christian flow. Ten years sooner than America's access into the Vietnam battle he trendy 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 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 workplace in his medical institution room. whereas touring along with his relations via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and acquired his first flavor 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 by way of diversified shapes of truth. but it used to be a problem from a Jewish pupil, his buddy and mentor Will Herberg, that induced 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 observation on Scripture. This interesting memoir walks us via not just his own background yet probably the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.

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