By Thomas C. Oden

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How did one of many 20th century's such a lot celebrated liberals have this sort of dramatic swap of middle?

After growing to be 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 battle II pacifist stream and have become enamored with each element of the Nineteen Fifties' ecumenical pupil Christian move. Ten years prior to America's access into the Vietnam battle he sought after Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, each flip was once a left turn.

At Yale he earned his PhD less than 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 clinic room. whereas touring along with his family members via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and received his first style 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 through various shapes of fact. but it used to be a problem from a Jewish student, his pal and mentor Will Herberg, that induced his such a lot dramatic turn―back to the good minds of historic 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 historical past yet probably the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.

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