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Systematic Theology: The Word of Life Hardcover – April 30, 2006

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  • Series: Systematic Theology (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Pub (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598560387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598560381
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Born in 1931 and, theologically, a former left-wing radical, Oden in the 1980s started to ground his theology in the study of the church fathers and the New Testament. It is in this spirit that he offered a three-volume "Systematic Theology". First published in 1987/92, it is now offered as a reprint. One may describe Oden as an independently thinking evangelical theologian with a strong interest in basing ecumenical Christian teaching on the church fathers."
--"International Review of Biblical Studies"

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Thomas C. Oden is the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.

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Thomas Clark Oden (b. 1931) is a United Methodist theologian who teaches at Drew University. This is the second in a 3-volume systematic theology (the other volumes are The Living God: Systemic Theology: Volume One (Systematic Theology, Vol 1) and Life in the Spirit: Systematic Theology: Volume Three.) He draws heavily upon the church fathers for his theology.

He states in the Preface that "My purpose is to set forth the classical teaching of the person and work of Jesus Christ on which there has generally been substantial agreement between traditions of East and West, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox. I will be listenting intently for the ecumenical consensus that has been gratefully celebrated as reliable Christian teachings by believers of widely varied social locations and cultural settings and periods... I will restrain my own idiosyncratic way of looking at things. My aim is not polemics but peacemaking."

He says, "If the incarnation remains an obstacle to some sincere modern intellects, it deserves both a serious clarification and a fair hearing. This is what we seek." (Pg. 98) Later, he adds, "Here the unifying principle of Christology again emerges: What the mediatorial work requires, the mediatorial person supplies." (pg. 193)

He observes, "It remains an astonishing fact that the most remembered life in history was not remembered to have harmed anyone or shown any elements of moral venality or reprehensibility. Neither friends nor foes remember or report him as sinner." (pg.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Homeyer-McGee on November 2, 2008
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This is a must have for anyone that is going deeper in the Word. Not just for seminary students.
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