Classic Christianity (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Aug 4, 2009 - Religion - 944 pages
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For the first time, Thomas Oden's Systematic Theology classic series (individually titled The Living God, The Word of Life, and Life in the Spirit) is available in one complete volume. A renowned theologian, Oden provides a consensus view of the Christian faith, delving deeply into ancient Christian tradition and bringing to the contemporary church the best wisdom from its past. In this magisterial work, Oden tackles the central questions of Christian belief and the nature of the trinity.

Written for clergy, Christian educators, religious scholars, and lay readers alike, Classic Christianity provides the best synthesis of the whole history of Christian thought. Part one explores the most intriguing questions of the study of God—Does God exist? Does Jesus reveal God? Is God personal, compassionate, free?—and presents answers that reflect the broad consensus culled from the breadth of the church's teachers. It is rooted deeply and deliberately in scripture but confronts the contemporary mind with the vitality of the Christian tradition. Part two addresses the perplexing Christological issues of whether God became flesh, whether God became Christ, and whether Christ is the source of salvation. Oden details the core beliefs concerning Jesus Christ that have been handed down for the last two hundred decades, namely, who he was, what he did, and what that means for us today. Part three examines how the work of God in creation and redemption is being brought to consummation by the Holy Spirit in persons, through communities, and in the fullness of human destiny. Oden's magisterial study not only treats the traditional elements of systematical theology but also highlights the foundational exegetes throughout history. Covering the ecumenical councils and early synods; the great teachers of the Eastern church tradition, including Athanasius and John Chrysostom; and the prominent Western figures such as Augustine, Ambrose, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, this book offers the reader the fullest understanding of the Christian faith available.

  

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Review: Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology

User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

At times I wish there were topics included that weren't covered (He uses a Trinitarian focus rather than Creedal outline), but overall this is a brilliant systematic text. Oden uses Christians from ... Read full review

Review: Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology

User Review  - Michael Peters - Goodreads

So far, so good. Another reviewer said the book was a little boring, but a book of this kind that's an easy read is the exception, not the rule. Some of the quotes in the book instantly refresh my soul and give me pause, so I'm happy with it so far. Read full review

Contents

Working Assumptions
3
The Name of God
15
The Nature of God
39
The Character of God
55
Whether God Exists
79
Whether God Is Triune
105
God the Creator and Creation
125
Gods Care for the World
143
The Abode of the Grave
452
Ascension and Session
483
Introducing the Study of the Spirit
501
The Way Ahead
508
The Work of the Spirit
527
Part Ii
559
Justification by Grace Through Faith
583
Baptism of the Spirit
623

Part Iv
167
Why Christ?
213
Part I
231
Divine Sonship
247
147
254
The Incarnation
265
The Manner of Gods Coming
283
One PersonTruly God Truly Human
299
The Proclaimer Proclaimed
319
The Public Ministry of Jesus
337
The Work He Came to Do
365
He Died for Our Sins
385
In Our Place
401
The Exaltation of Christ
445
Union with Christ and Sanctification
651
Complementary Ways of Looking at the Church
691
The Called Community
697
The Spirit Builds Up the Community
703
The Church as Body of Christ
710
Marks of the Church
717
The Church
765
The End of Human History
787
The Communion of Saints and the Life Everlasting
823
General Consent of the Laity as the Principle
841
On TheoComic Perception
857
Index
875
349
878
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About the author (2009)

Thomas C. Oden is the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University and the author of more than twenty widely read books, including Pastoral Theology, Agenda for Theology, and Kerygma and Counseling. He is also the general editor of the pioneering series The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

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