Thomas C. Oden is a prominent theologian who formerly was a major practitioner of liberal, modernist theology. But then, after reading the Church Fathers, he did an about face, turning to orthodox, historical Christianity. He tells his story in A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir.
This is the most stimulating and illuminating book that I have read in a long time, giving an inside look at the construction of liberal theology, explaining what happened to mainstream Protestantism, and describing in novelistic detail how a prominent scholar came back to an authentic Christian faith.
Reading this book, published a couple of years ago, was an especially strange experience for me because Oden’s background and mine are so similar! Though he is 20 years older than I am, our experiences have been so similar or at least parallel that reading about them is like reading about my own life. [Read more…]