Item description for Systematic Theology 3 Vol. Set by Thomas C. Oden...
Emphasizing the beliefs common to all branches of Christendom rather than the issues that divide, Thomas Oden brings the full weight of two millennia of discussion to bear on the ever-contemporary questions of Christian faith. His magisterial study not only treats the traditional elements of systematic theology, referencing hundreds of theologians--Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, charismatic--but also highlights the foundational exegetes of history. Broadly ecumenical in the truest sense of the word, and written from the perspective of a theological liberal-turned-evangelical, Oden's direct, frank, and provocative approach articulates the concerns of a broad spectrum of Christians--pastors, teachers, seminarians, and thoughtful laity.
Though comprehensive in scope, the set is arranged in a Trinitarian fashion with each volume focusing on one person of the godhead. The first volume explores the Christian understanding of God, creation and providence. The second volume discusses Christ and the Incarnation. The third volume considers the presence of the Holy Spirit in history, and his power in the lives and communities of present day believers.
- Volume 1: "The Living God " ISBN 9781598560374] - Volume 2: "The Word of Life" ISBN 9781598560381] - Volume 3: "Life in the Spirit" ISBN 9781598560398] These volumes may be purchased separately.
"Demonstrates a commitment of faithfulness to the scriptural teachings concerning Jesus and a rich appreciation for the classical and conciliar traditions of Christology." --"Preaching"
"Oden's project is anti-trendiness with a vengeance . . . refreshingly bold." --"First Things"
"The most impressive systematic exercise in ecumenical 'consensual thinking' in print." --"Religious Studies Review"
"A welcome addition to the pastor's bookshelf and a needed voice in the contemporary theological conversation." --"Interpretation"
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 5.85 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
Edition Three Volumes
ISBN 1598560360 ISBN13 9781598560367
Availability 0 units.
More About Thomas C. Oden
Thomas C. Oden (PhD, Yale) is Director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania and Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University. He is an ordained Methodist minister and the author of many books, including The Rebirth of Orthodoxy: Signs of New Life in Christianity, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity, Doctrinal Standards in the Wesleyan Tradition, and Classic Christianity. Dr. Oden is also the general editor for the widely-used Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series.
Born Thomas Clark Oden (October 21, 1931) he is most reknown for his work as an American United Methodist theologian and religious author. He was born in Altus, Oklahoma. He has a B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma (1953), a B.D from Southern Methodist University (1956), an M.A. from Yale University (1958), and a Ph.D. from Yale University (1960).
Oden is best known as a proponent of paleo-orthodoxy, an approach to theology that often relies on patristic sources. He has published a series of books that he says are tools for promoting "classical Christianity." Oden suggests that Christians need to rely upon the wisdom of the historical Church, particularly the early Church, rather than on modern scholarship and theology, which is often, in his view, tainted by political agendas.
He has written, "The term paleo-orthodoxy is employed to make clear that we are not talking about neo-orthodoxy. Paleo- becomes a necessary prefix only because the term orthodoxy has been preempted and to some degree tarnished by the modern tradition of neo-orthodoxy" (Requiem, p. 130).
Oden says his mission is "to begin to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity" (After Modernity...What?, p. 34). Oden is also active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church. He serves on the board of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.
Thomas C. Oden has published or released items in the following series...
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
Reviews - What do customers think about Systematic Theology 3 Vol. Set?
the systematic real theology Oct 9, 2007
I have read a multitude of theology books and must admit that this is my definitive series. It goes to the core of christian beliefs and shows what is believed by all and not just some bias of a denomintion. I enjoy reading the books and hope to read more books from this spiritual individual.