Both the strengths and weaknesses of Oden's vision for a rebirth of orthodoxy are on display in One Faith: The Evangelical Consensus, a compilation of extracts from evangelical statements of faith gathered by he and J. I. Packer. The strength is a desire to seek true ecumenical unity that is grounded on truth on something of a creedal model. Thus materials are gathered under fifteen chapters, beginning with "The Good News" and running through a list that includes the classical theological topics of "The Bible," "The One True God," "Human Life Under God," "Jesus Christ," and "Justification by Grace Through Faith." Also included are important contemporary issues not typically represented in the creeds, including chapters on religious pluralism and Christian social responsibility. Each one of these chapters is comprised of selections from faith statements representing a startling array of parachurch or "transdenominational" organizations - over fifty by my count.
Brian J. Lee works for a federal agency in Washington, D.C.
Issue: "Around the Block, Around the World: Evangelism and Missions" March/April 2005 Vol. 14 No. 2 Page number(s): 41-42
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