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

After starting 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 circulate and have become enamored with each element of the Fifties' ecumenical scholar Christian flow. Ten years earlier than America's access into the Vietnam warfare he well-liked 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 essentially 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 health center room. whereas touring along with his kin via Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and bought 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 by means of different shapes of truth. but it used to be a problem from a Jewish pupil, his buddy and mentor Will Herberg, that brought on 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 remark 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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