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The Word of Life: Systematic Theology: Volume Two [Paperback]

By Thomas Oden (Author)
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A leading American Protestant theologian addresses important Christological concerns in this sequel to The Living God--second volume in a three-volume systematic theology.

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Studio: HarperOne
Pages   608
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.17" Width: 6.12" Height: 1.61"
Weight:   2.04 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 1992
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0060663642  
ISBN13  9780060663643  
UPC  099455025003  

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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...
  1. Classic Christian Readers
  2. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching

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A Great Survey of Christian Theology  Mar 9, 2001
Thomas Oden brings his usual passion and erudition to this work of theology, combining Biblical, Apostolic, Patristic, Medieval and Reformed thought into an excellent exploration of fundamental Christian doctrine. Oden is a "thinking person's conservative" who does not gloss over challenges to traditional Christian doctrines, but almost always concludes that the traditional doctrines are, in fact, correct and have stood the test of time and experience. I especially like Oden's ecumenical focus ... as one other reviewer remarked, this is a book that will be valuable to Catholics and Protestants, Calvinists and Wesleyans, High-Church and Low-Church. In sum, incredibly worthwhile!
Comprehensive and well thought out...  Mar 19, 2000
This is the 2nd volume of Oden's excellent systematic theology series. This book is about Jesus, all 583 pages! Oden is very detalied, and he has done his research. His presentation uses a varity of sources: The Bible, Ante and Nicene church Fathers, Medieval theologians, reformers, and finally modern theologians. Oden is for the most part a traditional Christian. In this book he gives a very orthodox understanding. For instance, He deals with non-traditional explanations of the resurrection and gives good reasons why they are not well thought out hypotheses. He even looks at the historical Jesus issue. He also covers Divine Sonship, the Incarnation and Jesus' two natures (human and divine). I was looking for the perfect Systematic Theology and I would say this comes close. He has HUGE numbers of references, and he is always refferring back to the church Fathers, the reformers and of course the Bible. I have looked over many ST's and this is by far, 1)the most detailed, and 2.) the most well thought out. By the way Oden leans toward a Wesleyan understanding of free-will, but he quotes Calvin extensively as well.

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