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The Rebirth of Orthodoxy:

Signs of New Life in Christianity

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(b. 1931)

Thomas C. Oden was Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.  

He was also general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and the author of numerous theological works, including a three-volume systematic theology. __________

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Copyright 2003 by Thomas C. Oden

Published by HarperSanFrancisco, a Division of HarperCollins Publishers ____________

Author: Thomas C. Oden

A Leading Theologian Describes the Unexpected Resurgence of a New Christian Orthodoxy --- Post-Denominational, Flexible, and Rooted in Ancient Beliefs ______________________

Thomas C. Oden notes a stark reversal in our time: as modern secular and political ideologies continue to wane, communities of traditional faith are flourishing now more than ever.  

This rebirth is characterized by a return to orthodoxy that is gathering across denominational lines, rejecting the old partisan battle-lines of the past.

This emergent and vibrant new orthodoxy is evident across the spectrum of Christian communities---Evangelical, Mainline, Orthodox, and Catholic---and is paralleled in Jewish communities as well.

The Rebirth of Orthodoxy is at once a description of a movement already underway, as well as a statement of its essential features. ______________________

Praise for The Rebirth of Orthodoxy:

"For the story Oden tells, the case he makes, and the challenge he issues here, I thank God.  He documents aspects of a return to roots that is truly momentous.  This book is a must-read for all concerned about God's future in this world."  

-J. I. Packer, Board of Governor's Professor of Theology, Regent College

"From the tomb of modernism, the ancient faith is reborn.  Tom Oden dares us to take up again 'what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all."  How bracing it is to encounter a mind which is content to be profound without the compulsion to be original" 

 -J. Budziszewski, Dept. of Government and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin ____________________________

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Comments of The Prayer Foundation :

This is a book we have reviewed and posted on our website because we feel it will be of great help to those more Theologically Conservative Pastors (especially) and also lay persons who are members of a Theologically Liberal Denomination or Church.

This book is by Thomas C. Oden, a once ultra-Liberal Theological activist who "came home to orthodoxy" through the Patristic Studies of the Church Fathers. ____________________________

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