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The Rebirth of Orthodoxy


HarperSanFrancisco 2003

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In The Rebirth of Orthodoxy, Thomas Oden describes the unexpected resurgence of a new Christian Orthodoxy—post-denominational, flexible, rooted in ancient beliefs, and remarkably relevant to the needs of our time.

Our generation has witnessed 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. In Christianity, this resurgence shows itself in widespread efforts to reclaim the classic spiritual disciplines: close study of scripture, daily prayer, regular observance in a worshiping community, doctrinal integrity, and moral accountability. This rebirth is gathering across denominational lines and rejects the old partisan battle-lines of the past.

Oden contends the challenges of the new millennium are less political, than spiritual and moral. He sees the coming years as a pivotal period of opportunity, recovery, and rebuilding in which our faith heritage will regain relevance and power, even though it has been long disdained by media managers and the knowledge elites. The Rebirth of Orthodoxy is at once a description of a movement already underway, as well as a statement of its essential features.

Key Features

  • An important call to the Church, whether liberal or conservative
  • Thoughtful dialog with various church traditions
  • Historically grounded definition of Orthodoxy

Praise for the Print Edition

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

In a very perceptive way, Thomas Oden has articulated the crisis of faith in which many believers find themselves. His provocative response, in using the framework of Vincent of Lerins, can open the doors for dialogue between groups who in the past found little in common. Professor Oden’s personal conversion has enriched the entire Church.

—Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago

Thomas Oden’s The Rebirth of Orthodoxy has been very much influenced by what he has learned from his conversations with Jewish thinkers, both living and dead. Indeed because of what he has learned, he has much to teach Jewish thinkers who are involved in our own attempts to retrieve Jewish orthodoxy. In fact, he shows how much these parallel efforts have already intersected to the benefit of both Christian and Jewish orthodoxies.

—David Novak, Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

Product Details

  • Title: The Rebirth of Orthodoxy: Signs of New Life in Christianity
  • Author: Thomas C. Oden
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: xii, 213

About the Author

Thomas C. Oden is a widely respected theologian and leading figure in the emerging post-denominational ecumenical scene. He is Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University. Oden serves as chairman of The Institute on Religion and Democracy and is the general editor of the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

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