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About the Author
Thomas C. Oden (PhD, Yale) is Director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania and Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University. He is an ordained Methodist minister and the author of many books, including The Rebirth of Orthodoxy: Signs of New Life in Christianity, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity, Doctrinal Standards in the Wesleyan Tradition, and Classic Christianity. Dr. Oden is also the general editor for the widely-used Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is not a badly crafted book, I just don't buy Oden's project. I think he is a lot more neo-orthodox than he cares to admit. But because he insists on not facing his neo-orthodoxy he ends up promoting a sort of romantic view of the past. I'm right with him for the need to read early Church writings, but it is modernity that allows us to read those things intelligently. As MacIntyre has shown us, there is not neutral place where we read these texts. So reading Augustine does not make you Augustinian. It does not give access to Augustine's formative world. What compounds the problem of romanticism is that scholarship since it is unavoidable to bring with us our world, our very modern world, into our interpretive action with the ancient text. To assume otherwise places these texts, in my opinion, at the same level as a devotional reading of scripture.