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The Transforming Power of Grace

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How does 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 of God?

These are questions the church grapples with today, as it always has. Yet, according to Thomas C. Oden, contemporary theology has neglec
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Published March 19th 1993 by Abingdon Press (first published March 1st 1993)
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Alex Stroshine
Jan 12, 2014 Alex Stroshine rated it it was amazing
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Don't be fooled by the title - although "The Transforming Power of Grace" sounds like the latest book by a celebrity pastor, it is really a rigorous exposition of the theology of grace. Oden, a leading paleo-orthodox scholar, copiously cites both the Bible and the wisdom of the classic Christian consensus in order to back up his points. He wrestles with the contentious questions of foreknowledge, predestination and election and effectively demonstrates the soundness of Arminian theology (though ...more
Vinnie Santini
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Great book for understanding the non-Calvinist position on Grace! Never will I think they are man-centered again. Made me question the true historical continuity of the Calvinist position with the Vincentian method-"By the threefold test of ecumenicity, antiquity, and general lay consent, the believing community may distinguish between true and false teaching." p.24 Augustine did formulate some strong positions against the Pelagian heresy and those views were not accepted in there more extreme f ...more
Don Bryant
Jan 11, 2012 Don Bryant rated it really liked it
Here are a several of lines from Oden that lay out the trajectory of the book:

"The purpose of caregiving [the pastoral ministry] is to make the truth of grace plausible and appropriable in the inner life of the individual."

"Grace is God's way of empowering the bound will and healing the suffering spirit."

"The more we try to autonomously to ignite a moral imperative within, the more it turns to dust and ashes in our hands."

That God is powerful and sovereign and that we are held accountable to him
J. Ewbank
Mar 13, 2010 J. Ewbank rated it it was amazing
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Thomas C. Oden has written an excellent, readable book on the grace of God. We have all read books that talk about God's grace and at least I have had some confusion about what in the world they were talking about or the distinctions between various graces of God.

This book is the best exposition of God's grace that I have read. It also talks about John Wesley's prevenient grace by going way back to the comments of the early church.

The book is divided into five sections. The first is Grace in spi
Sep 14, 2012 Kent rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kent by: Roger Olson, I think
A thorough treatment of grace. Emphasizes that grace goes before faith, works all through faith and repentance, and continues to keep and shape those who respond to God's call to salvation. A deft Arminian treatment of grace, highlighting dozens, it seems, of aspects and categories of grace. This is no Semi-Pelagianism. The effectiveness, power, and comprehensiveness of grace is emphasized alongside the responsibility of each person to respond with appropriate faith. When people refuse Christ, t ...more
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Thomas C. Oden (Ph.D., Yale University), formerly Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, is now director of the Center for Early African Christianity, at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He is the general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and the Ancient Christian Doctrine series as well as the ...more
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“Faith itself is an act of human willing enabled and disciplined by grace.” 3 likes
“If God absolutely and pretemporally decrees that particular persons shall be saved and others damned, apart from any cooperation of human freedom, then God cannot in any sense intend that all shall be saved, as 1 Timothy 4:10 declares. The promise of glory is conditional on grace being received by faith active in love.” 3 likes
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