Classic Christianity

A Systematic Theology

Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061897329

Category: Religion

Page: 944

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For the first time, Thomas Oden's Systematic Theology classic series (individually titled The Living God, The Word of Life, and Life in the Spirit) is available in one complete volume. A renowned theologian, Oden provides a consensus view of the Christian faith, delving deeply into ancient Christian tradition and bringing to the contemporary church the best wisdom from its past. In this magisterial work, Oden tackles the central questions of Christian belief and the nature of the trinity. Written for clergy, Christian educators, religious scholars, and lay readers alike, Classic Christianity provides the best synthesis of the whole history of Christian thought. Part one explores the most intriguing questions of the study of God—Does God exist? Does Jesus reveal God? Is God personal, compassionate, free?—and presents answers that reflect the broad consensus culled from the breadth of the church's teachers. It is rooted deeply and deliberately in scripture but confronts the contemporary mind with the vitality of the Christian tradition. Part two addresses the perplexing Christological issues of whether God became flesh, whether God became Christ, and whether Christ is the source of salvation. Oden details the core beliefs concerning Jesus Christ that have been handed down for the last two hundred decades, namely, who he was, what he did, and what that means for us today. Part three examines how the work of God in creation and redemption is being brought to consummation by the Holy Spirit in persons, through communities, and in the fullness of human destiny. Oden's magisterial study not only treats the traditional elements of systematical theology but also highlights the foundational exegetes throughout history. Covering the ecumenical councils and early synods; the great teachers of the Eastern church tradition, including Athanasius and John Chrysostom; and the prominent Western figures such as Augustine, Ambrose, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, this book offers the reader the fullest understanding of the Christian faith available.
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A Change of Heart

A Personal and Theological Memoir

Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830880194

Category: Religion

Page: 388

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Preaching's 2014 Best Books for Preachers 2014 Best Theological Memoir from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore How did one of the twentieth century's most celebrated liberals have such a dramatic change of heart? After growing up in the heart of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden found Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his imagination. He joined the post-World War II pacifist movement and became enamored with every aspect of the 1950s' ecumenical Student Christian Movement. Ten years before America's entry into the Vietnam war he admired Ho Chi Min as an agrarian patriot. For Oden, every turn was a left turn. At Yale he earned his PhD under H. Richard Niebuhr and later met with some of the most formidable minds of the era—enjoying conversations with Gadamer, Bultmann and Pannenberg as well as a lengthy discussion with Karl Barth at a makeshift office in his hospital room. While traveling with his family through Turkey, Syria and Israel, he attended Vatican II as an observer and got his first taste of ancient Christianity. And slowly, he stopped making left turns. Oden's enthusiasms for pacifism, ecumenism and the interface between theology and psychotherapy were ambushed by varied shapes of reality. Yet it was a challenge from a Jewish scholar, his friend and mentor Will Herberg, that precipitated his most dramatic turn—back to the great minds of ancient Christianity. Later a meeting with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Benedict XIII) planted the seeds for what became Oden s highly influential Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. This fascinating memoir walks us through not only his personal history but some of the most memorable chapters in twentieth-century theology.
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Jesus und die Suche nach dem ursprünglichen Evangelium

Author: James McConkey Robinson

Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company

ISBN: 9783525573075

Category: Religion

Page: 229

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Das Evangelium Jesu - eine ungewöhnliche Suche Robinson wirft einen kritischen Blick auf unser traditionelles europäisches Bild von Jesus und seinem Evangelium. Er begibt sich auf eine ungewöhnliche Suche nach der authentischen Botschaft Jesu. Das wahre Evangelium Jesu ist nach dem Ansatz von Robinson in unserer biblischen Tradition, den Evangelien, nichtkanonischen Schriften und der mündlichen Tradition nur verborgen enthalten und muss entdeckt werden. Robinson begibt sich auf die Suche nach dem, was Jesus selbst in Galiläa gepredigt hat. Jesus sprach vom "Königreich Gottes", um seinem Verständnis vom Zusammenleben der Menschen Ausdruck zu geben. Er stellte sich damit in bewussten Gegensatz zu anderen politischen und sozialen Systemen und zu dem individuellen Streben nach Anerkennung und Macht. In seinem Buch ruft Robinson zentrale Punkte des Entstehungsweges unserer Bibel in Erinnerung: Die Verschriftlichung der Botschaft wird frühestens ein halbes Jahrhundert nach Jesu Tod greifbar. Neben den kanonisch gewordenen Texten gibt es eine Reihe weiterer Schriften, die von der Botschaft Jesu berichten. Robinson wirft einen kritischen Blick auf das Bild, das wir in Europa traditionell von Jesus und seinem Evangelium haben. In ungewöhnlicher Denkweise heftet sich Robinson dem Menschen Jesus und der Jüngerschaft an die Fersen und durchleuchtet die Entstehung und Ausbreitung der Evangelien und der Kirche. Inhalt Beiträger
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Early Libyan Christianity

Uncovering a North African Tradition

Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830869549

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Buried for more than a millennium beneath sand and the erosions of time are the remnants of a vital, formative Christian presence in Libya. From about A.D. 68 till the Muslim conquest of A.D. 643, Libya housed a vibrant, creative Christian community that contributed to the shape of the faith even as we know it today. By the mid-190s A.D., Leptis Magna could claim favorite sons as the Roman pontiff, Victor the African, and as the Roman emperor, Septimius Severus. A rich and energetic community produced a wide variety of key players from early martyrs to great thinkers to archheretics. Tertullian, the great theologian, and Sabellius, the heretic, are relatively well known. Less well known are the martyrs Wasilla and Theodore and the great poet-philosopher-bishop Synesius of Cyrene. Uncovering this North African tradition and offering it to a wide reading audience is the task that Tom Oden sets for himself in this fascinating tour de force. The book, originating as lectures delivered at the Islamic Da'wa University in Tripoli in 2008 and later expanded as the W. H. Griffith Thomas Lectures in 2009 at Dallas Theological Seminary, has been expanded and refined to provide additional insights and references, surveying the texts, architecture and landmarks of this important period of Christian history. It also serves as a valuable companion to Oden's earlier offerings in How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind and The African Memory of Mark.
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The African Memory of Mark

Reassessing Early Church Tradition

Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830868887

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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We often regard the author of the Gospel of Mark as an obscure figure about whom we know little. Many would be surprised to learn how much fuller a picture of Mark exists within widespread African tradition, tradition that holds that Mark himself was from North Africa, that he founded the church in Alexandria, that he was an eyewitness to the Last Supper and Pentecost, that he was related not only to Barnabas but to Peter as well and accompanied him on many of his travels. In this provocative reassessment of early church tradition, Thomas C. Oden begins with the palette of New Testament evidence and adds to it the range of colors from traditional African sources, including synaxaries (compilations of short biographies of saints to be read on feast days), archaeological sites, non-Western historical documents and ancient churches. The result is a fresh and illuminating portrait of Mark, one that is deeply rooted in African memory and seldom viewed appreciatively in the West.
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How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind

Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity

Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830837051

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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Thomas C. Oden surveys the decisive role of African Christians and theologians in shaping the doctrines and practices of the church of the first five centuries, and makes an impassioned plea for the rediscovery of that heritage. Christians throughout the world will benefit from this reclaiming of an important heritage.
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Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States

Author: George Thomas Kurian,Mark A. Lamport

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442244321

Category: Religion

Page: 2864

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From the Founding Fathers through the present, Christianity has exercised powerful influence in America—from its role in shaping politics and social institutions to its hand in art and culture. The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States outlines the myriad roles Christianity has played and continues to play. This masterful multi-volume reference includes biographies of major figures in the Christian church in the United States, documents and Supreme Court decisions, and information on theology and theologians, denominations, faith-based organizations, immigration, art—from decorative arts and film to music and literature—evangelism and crusades, women’s issues, racial issues, civil religion, and more.
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Theology in the Present Age

Essays in Honor of John D. Castelein

Author: Christopher Ben Simpson,Steven D. Cone

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620329697

Category: Religion

Page: 322

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This volume of essays centers on the theme of doing Christian theology in the present postmodern context, a consistent theme of the teaching of John D. Castelein. The work will celebrate and honor John's years of service by representing reflections of his teaching in the thought of his students and colleagues. The essays range over such topics as theological reflections on the postmodern philosophical themes, the relations between Christian theology and culture, the contributions of philosophical hermeneutics for Christian theology, and the challenges of engaging in ministry in a postmodern context. The seventeen contributors to the volume are former students and both present and former colleagues involved in various ministries, be they in a college setting or in a local church.
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John Wesley's Teachings

Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310587042

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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The first presentation of John Wesley's doctrinal teachings in a systematic form that is also faithful to Wesley's own writings in ebook format. Wesley was a prolific writer and commentator on Scripture, yet it is commonly held that he was not systematic or internally consistent in his theology and doctrinal teachings. On the contrary, Thomas C. Oden intends to demonstrate here that Wesley displayed a remarkable degree of consistency over sixty years of preaching and ministry. The book helps readers to grasp Wesley's essential teachings in an accessible form so that the person desiring to go directly to Wesley's own writings (which fill eighteen volumes) will know exactly where to turn. This volume focuses on Wesley's doctrinal teaching. Other volumes in this series deal with his ethical and pastoral care teachings.
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Ancient Christian Devotional

Lectionary Cycle C

Author: Cindy Crosby,Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830835288

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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A follow-up to the previous Ancient Christian Devotional, which follows lectionary cycle A, this devotional guide follows lectionary cycle C, which begins in Advent 2009. This guide to prayer and reflection combines excerpts from the writings of the church fathers as found in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture with a simple structure for daily or weekly reading and prayer.
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Mark

Author: Thomas C. Oden,Christopher A. Hall

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830814183

Category: Religion

Page: 284

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This commentary, edited by Thomas C. Oden and Christopher A. Hall, gathers the insights of the leaders of the Eastern and Western church from the second to the mid-eighth century, highlighting the value placed by the early church on the Gospel of Mark for its preservation of the apostolic voice and gospel narrative of Peter.
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John Wesley's Teachings, Volume 2

Christ and Salvation

Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310492688

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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The first presentation of John Wesley's doctrinal teachings in a systematic form that is also faithful to Wesley's own writings in ebook format. Wesley was a prolific writer and commentator on Scripture, yet it is commonly held that he was not systematic or internally consistent in his theology and doctrinal teachings. On the contrary, Thomas C. Oden intends to demonstrate here that Wesley displayed a remarkable degree of consistency over sixty years of preaching and ministry. The book helps readers to grasp Wesley's essential teachings in an accessible form so that the person desiring to go directly to Wesley's own writings (which fill eighteen volumes) will know exactly where to turn.
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Exploring Christian Theology : Volume 1

Revelation, Scripture, and the Triune God

Author: N.A

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 144126485X

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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The Foundations of Theology in Everyday Language Dallas Seminary professors Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel are passionate about the key doctrines of Christianity. They want readers to know why they're important and why they matter. This volume includes two parts: · How Firm a Foundation: Revelation, Scripture, and Truth · God in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit The authors explore these important topics in a concise and highly readable style that makes sense--whether you're a student of the Bible, a pastor, or someone who simply wants to know God better. For each topic you'll find · An introduction, overview, and review of the key points · Several applicable Bible texts, including verses to memorize · A quick-paced history of the doctrine · Distortions to be aware of and avoid · Reading lists for further study · A glossary of theological terms "Exploring Christian Theology is a wonderful doctrinal primer that teaches theology in a way that will engage you and cause you to reflect. . . . A great way to get acquainted with key biblical theological themes." --Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary
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Systematische Theologie

Gesamtausgabe

Author: Wolfhart Pannenberg

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3525522037

Category: Religion

Page: 1850

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English summary: This complete edition of Wolfhart Pannenberg's Systematic Theology provides an overall view that focuses on the still not answered question about the truth of the Christian doctrine. In three volumes, Pannenberg examines all classical topics of Christian Systematic Theology: The doctrine of God, Creation, Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. He discusses all these themes in the context of the triune God and the implications of this doctrine while also considering the Christian existence of the individual. One of the most meaningful and important theological works of the late 20th Century, worth reading for every theologian and those who are interested in theology. German description: Im ersten Band dieser systematischen Darstellung der christlichen Lehre wird die Frage nach der Wahrheit des Redens von Gott bis in das Feld der Religionen verfolgt: Diese konkurrieren nicht nur in den Auseinandersetzungen der Geschichte, sondern auch im religiosen Pluralismus der Gegenwart durch ihre unterschiedlichen, in viele Hinsicht gegensatzlichen Wahrheitsanspruche miteinander. Pannenbergs Systematik der christlichen Lehre liegt ein bestimmtes Verstandnis des Verhaltnisses der Theologie zur Philosophie zugrunde, das die Darstellung der christlichen Lehre durchzieht. Im Mittelpunkt des dritten Bandes steht das Thema Kirche im Rahmen der Lehre vom Geist als eschatologischer Gabe, die auf die eschatologische Heilsvollendung zielt. Die Themen des individuellen Heilsempfangs durch Glaube, Gnade und Rechtfertigung werden in die Behandlung des Kirchenbegriffs einbezogen, vermittelt durch die Erorterung der Sakramente. Der Schwerpunkt der Darstellung liegt bei der Heilsteilhabe des einzelnen Christen, denn Kirche und Sakramente sind nur Zeichen der kunftigen Heilsvollendung.
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On the Way to the Cross

40 Days with the Church Fathers

Author: Thomas C. Oden,Joel C. Elowsky

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830869484

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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This unique devotional by Thomas C. Oden and Joel Elowsky and edited by Cindy Crosby offers forty days of devotional comments from the church fathers about the Gospel of John. Based on the daily Gospel reading cycle from the Book of Common Prayer and written in a brief daily format, this is a perfect resource for Lenten use!
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Evangelicals and Liberation Revisited

An Inquiry into the Possibility of an Evangelical-Liberationist Theology

Author: João B. Chaves

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621896927

Category: Religion

Page: 154

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Despite the fact that the theological gains of Latin American Liberation Theology (LALT) have been incorporated into several theologies around the world, many North Atlantic evangelicals still consider LALT a heresy. The underlying reason for the lack of positive engagement between North Atlantic Evangelical Theology in general--and American Evangelical Theology in particular--and LALT is the mistaken perception that LALT and evangelical theology are necessarily contradictory. In Evangelicals and Liberation Revisited, João Chaves analyzes instances of the evangelical-liberationist interaction and examines the generally suspicious responses given to LALT by North Atlantic Evangelicals. Evangelicals who think of LALT as a heresy have failed to look not only into the diversity that exists among liberationists, but also into the different theological expressions within their own movement. João Chaves argues convincingly that if evangelicals think about both liberation theology and their own theological commitments critically, then they will be able to recognize that LALT can be an indispensable ally in their commitment to following God.
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John Wesley's Scriptural Christianity

A Plain Exposition of His Teaching on Christian Doctrine

Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 031075321X

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Oden shows that Wesley displayed a remarkable degree of internal consistency in his teachings over sixty years of preaching. The book helps readers to grasp Wesley's essential teachings in an accessible form so that the person desiring to go directly to Wesley's own writings will know exactly where to turn.
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Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus Imperfectum)

Author: James A. Kellerman,Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830829016

Category: Religion

Page: 213

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Ancient Christion Texts is a series of new translations, most of which are here presented in English for the first time. The series provides contemporary readers with the resources they need to study for themselves the key writings of the early church. The texts represented in the series are full-length commentaries or sermon series based on biblical books or extended scriptural passages. --
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Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture CD-ROM Complete Set

Author: Thomas C. Oden

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830824804

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Included here from series editor Tom C. Oden is the full text of all twenty nine commentaries from the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Arranged canonically, each volume allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the sacred page of Scripture. Now even more accessible in digital format, this series will prove an uncommon companion for theological interpretation, spiritual reading, and wholesome teaching and preaching.
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