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Thomas Oden

Born: Oct 21, 1931

Birthplace: Altus

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Thomas Oden

Date of Birth : Oct 21, 1931
Birth Place : Altus

Thomas Clark Oden is an American United Methodist theologian and religious author. He was Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University in New Jersey from 1980 until his retirement in 2004. He is currently faculty emeritus. Oden has a B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma, a B.D from Southern Methodist University, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He was born in Altus, Oklahoma, the son of an attorney and music teacher. He married Edrita Pokorny on August 10, 1952. They had three children: Thomas, Edward, and Laura. Oden is best known as a proponent of paleo-orthodoxy, an approach to theology that often relies on patristic sources. He has published a series of books that he says are tools for promoting "classical Christianity." Oden suggests that Christians need to rely upon the wisdom of the historical Church, particularly the early Church, rather than on modern scholarship and theology, which is often, in his view, tainted by political agendas. He has written, "The term paleo-orthodoxy is employed to make clear that we are not talking about neo-orthodoxy.


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