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How did one of many 20th century's such a lot celebrated liberals have one of these 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 conflict II pacifist circulate and have become enamored with each point of the Fifties' ecumenical pupil Christian flow. Ten years earlier than America's access into the Vietnam conflict he renowned 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 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 sanatorium room. whereas touring together with his kinfolk via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and received his first flavor 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 means of diverse shapes of truth. but it used to be a problem from a Jewish pupil, his buddy and mentor Will Herberg, that induced his so much 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 grew to become Odens hugely influential Ancient Christian statement on Scripture. This attention-grabbing memoir walks us via not just his own background yet one of the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.

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