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Surprised by Orthodoxy

Thomas C. Oden

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Classic Christianity lives out of a history of consensual ecumenical worship. It depends not upon any particular individual's view but upon how the classic consensus molds a particular person's daily life. My story is living evidence of how a life can be radically reversed by meeting the saints of classic Christianity.

After Ph.D. studies at Yale, I taught in two seminaries. Although it was assumed that I was teaching theology, my heart was focused on radical visions of social change and on the blatant politicizing of the mission of the church. I was uncritically accommodating to the very modernity that pretended to be prophetic, yet I did not recognize modernity's captivity to secular humanistic assumptions.

The reversal occurred when Will Herbert, my irascible, endearing Jewish mentor told me that I would remain theologically uneducated until I had studied carefully Athanasius, Ambrose, Basil, and Cyril of Alexandria.

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Posted: 28 Jun, 05



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