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The Transforming Power of GraceN theologians Transforming Power of Epub #217 either ignore the doctrine of grace or relate it to the achievement of a particular political agenda Oden asserts that only by reclaiming the centrality of grace defined as God's self giving through Jesus Christ in personal encounter with the individual human will can Christian theology be true to the gospelIn order to reclaim the doctrine of grace the author reaches back beyond the fragmentation of theology that took place during and after the Enligh. I found this book enormously helpful as there seem too few books out there offering a non Calvinistic view on Biblical grace and I had never read one before To hear Calvinists referring to Reformed Theology as a Theology of Grace as if any other position in the history of the church neglects grace makes me wince Oden does a magnificent job of drawing thoroughly on the historical ecumenical consensus regarding Biblical grace in order to celebrate how grace has long been emphasized throughout church history Oden is clearly Arminian in his convictions and having read this book I will never again think of Arminianism as man centered or works based This book very capably explains a God centered grace based theology that allows for the exercise of our free wills to receive it or reject it and documents how the Church has held such positions with notable exceptions since the early Church Fathers Make no mistake this is not a devotional book but one tilted toward academic use but I found it truly edifying

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How does Power of Epub #218 an infinite God relate to finite human beings How does the death of Jesus Christ bring about human salvation How are Christians able to actively address the world's ills while maintaining their citizenship in the kingdom The Transforming PDF of GodThese are uestions the church grapples with today as it always has Yet according to Thomas C Oden contemporary theology has neglected the church's traditional answer to these uestions the doctrine of grace All too often moder. Here are a several of lines from Oden that lay out the trajectory of the bookThe purpose of caregiving the pastoral ministry is to make the truth of grace plausible and appropriable in the inner life of the individualGrace is God's way of empowering the bound will and healing the suffering spiritThe we try to autonomously to ignite a moral imperative within the it turns to dust and ashes in our handsThat God is powerful and sovereign and that we are held accountable to him the Bible itself declares that we need no Bible to tell us But that God is merciful and kind to sinners good to us in his grace is the message of the Bible In this book Thomas Oden a Methodist theologian roots the great vision of the Christian life in grace Oden is particularly concerned to restate the Arminian view of prevenient gracethough he never refers to himself as an Arminian that grace which goes before flowing from the work of Christ on the cross enabling those who are lost in sin to not be so overwhelmed by the loss of original righteousness in the Fall that they have become totally inert and passive with respect to the free offer of the Gospel All begins with grace but this grace enables choiceThis stands in contrast to Calvinism which sees the will as totally captive to the sin nature in such a manner that it remains wholly passive and without any capacity to choose in the normal sense of choose which is the power of contrary choice Because man is totally noncooperative in regeneration grace is monergistic and irresistible The very act of choosing according to the Calvinist is evidence that one has already been enlivened by Christ and made new Because of such he can now by faith and repentance receive the offer of the Gospel is then justified by God and converted Oden sees this process as described by the Calvinist something remote impersonal and fully contrary to the nature of persons in relationship not to mention not only without full biblical support but outside the consensus teaching of the church Grace is to his mind resistible but it is gracious on the part of God to so restore us from our lost condition that choosing is a meaningful and personal act That God would by fiat apart from human choosing elect to revivify some and pass over others whom he could save but chooses not to would run contrary to the metanarrative of the biblical story as well as to human consciousness itself not to mention the very character of God as goodCalvinism appeals often to the writings of Augustine In fact Calvin's Institutes is essentially a restatement of Augustine But as Oden points out the early Augustine is much moderate and in keeping with the church fathers The late Augustine with its rigid predestinarianism moves further away from consensus Christianity and these views were never affirmed by the church councils though Augustines stand against Pelagianism was fully embracedIn these days there are few powerful descriptions of Arminian accounts of grace For an explanation of this state of affairs see Roger Olson's Arminian Theology Myths and Realities

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Read & Download The Transforming Power of Grace â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì ❴KINDLE❵ ❁ The Transforming Power of Grace Author Thomas C. Oden – How does an infinite God relate to finite human beings How does the death of Jesus Christ bring about human salvation How arTenment He draws upon the ecumenical consensus held by early Orthodox Roman Catholic and Protestant theologians councils and creeds regarding this cardinal Christian doctrine By adducing this ancient unity Oden challenges modern assumptions concerning the sources and methods of the theological enterprise and calls contemporary Christians to discern what their forebears in the faith knew to be essential to the gospel that to be a Christian is to be formed nurtured and upheld solely by divine grace. Very very thought provoking Many beautiful points made However although I understand it is mainly a history I would have preferred Scriptural basis