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Overview

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Writings, 1950-2011

Jazz Prayer Service, 1959

Systematic Theology Confrontations, 1968-1975

Photographs, 1960-1990

Correspondence, 1961-1989

Tributes, 1989-1993

Southern Methodist University

Collection on Schubert M. Ogden

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Bridwell Library
Title: Collection on Schubert M. Ogden
Inclusive Dates: 1950-2011
Abstract: The collection on Schubert M. Ogden consists of typescript and published writings, correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, and video recordings of Schubert M. Ogden, Professor of Theology at Perkins School of Theology, 1955-1969 and 1972-1993, and Director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies 1974-1990. Materials in the collection range in date from 1950 to 2011.
Accession No: BridArch 105.23
Extent: 5 boxes (4.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Minister and educator Schubert Miles Ogden was born on March 2, 1928, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Edgar Carson and Neva Louetta Glancy Ogden. He studied at Ohio Wesleyan University (A.B., 1950); Johns Hopkins University, 1950-51; The University of Chicago Divinity School (B.D., 1954, Ph.D., 1958); and Philipps-Universitat, Marburg, Germany, 1962-63. Ogden married Joyce Ellen Schwettman in 1950. They had two children.

Schubert Ogden’s ministerial career began in 1952 when he was ordained a Deacon in the Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church. In 1958 he became an Elder in full-connection with the Ohio Conference. Rev. Ogden joined the faculty of the Perkins School of Theology as an instructor 1956-1958 while completing his doctorate. From 1958 to 1969 he served as assistant professor (1958-1961), associate professor (1961-1964), and professor of theology (1964-1969).

From 1969 to 1972, Dr. Ogden served as University Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago. However, he returned to Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1972, resuming his teaching duties and assuming new responsibilities as Director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies 1974-1990. Ogden retired from Perkins School of Theology in 1993.

Professor Ogden was awarded honorary degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University (Litt.D., 1965); the University of Chicago (L.H.D., 1983); and SMU (L.H.D., 1994). He served as President of the American Academy of Religion (1976-77) and became a Fellow in The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985. Ogden was named University Scholar / Teacher of the Year by SMU in 1982. His 1994 Doctor of Humane Letters citation from SMU reads as follows:

During his 34 years of teaching on the faculty of Southern Methodist University, Schubert M. Ogden set a standard of excellence that has become a recognized model at home and abroad for systematic theology and for the life of the Academy. In six books and in innumerable essays, articles, and translations, he has addressed the central questions of contemporary theological reflection with uncompromising intellectual rigor and supple creativity of spirit – in short, with wisdom. He has defined and defended theology’s integrity as an academic discipline that rightfully retains its ancient place among the disciplines that constitute a university. He has deepened and enhanced the emerging theological discussion among religious traditions, especially the dialogue between Christianity and Buddhism; and he has done so without diluting the specific character of these traditions or evading the great central question of religious truth. Not least among his achievements, he has throughout his career enriched his colleagues and his students with his clarity of vision and his unflagging pursuit of what is true and what is just. For his invaluable contribution to the shaping of contemporary theological discourse and for his inestimable contribution to the life of this University and its School of Theology, we gratefully confer upon Schubert M. Ogden the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Sources:

Who's Who in the Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1966.

Schubert Ogden: Primary Bibliography. http://www.ctr4process.org/publications/Biblio/Thematic/Ogden,%20Schubert%20-%20Primary%20Bibliography.html (accessed 09/22/2010).

Schubert M. Ogden Doctor of Humane Letters. http://smu.edu/registrar/Honorary_Degrees/bio.asp?pid=201&name=Schurbert Ogden (accessed 08/31/2012).

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The manuscripts, publications, audio recordings, video recordings, and photographs in The Schubert M. Ogden collection provide insights into the academic interests, writings, and career of a prominent American theologian. This collection is not a unified set of faculty papers. Instead, it is an assemblage of research materials by or about Dr. Ogden from across Bridwell Library’s holdings.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The Ogden collection is organized in six series by theme and media:
Series 1: Writings, 1950-2011
  • Subseries 1: Typescript bound volumes
  • Subseries 2: Typescript documents
  • Subseries 3: Typescript Book Reviews
  • Subseries 4: Publications
  • Subseries 5: Bibliographies
Series 2: Jazz Prayer Service, 1959
Series 3: Systematic Theology Confrontations, 1968-1975
Series 4: Photographs, 1960-1990
Series 5: Correspondence, 1961-1989
Series 6: Tributes, 1989-1993

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgement of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights form before using this collection.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Ogden, Schubert Miles, 1928-
Perkins School of Theology -- Faculty.
Perkins School of Theology -- Administration.
Southern Methodist University -- Faculty.
Theologians -- United States.
Video recordings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection on Schubert M. Ogden, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, pre 2009.

At least two of the manuscripts were given to Bridwell Library by Schubert M. Ogden. All other materials were collected by Bridwell Library staff and consolidated in 2010-2011.

Processing Information

Timothy S. G. Binkley arranged and described the Schubert M. Ogden collection in September 2010 with the assistance of Heather M. Oglevie.Six inches of typescript documents from Bridwell Library holdings and a bibliography were added to the collection in November of 2011.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Writings, 1950-2011

The first series begins with ten bound typescripts of works either written by or edited by Schubert M. Ogden followed by ninety-four folders of individual typescript articles, essays, lectures, and sermons. The series continues with three folders of typescript book reviews and ends with copies of published articles and books and two bibliographies. The contents of each subseries are arranged chronologically by date or date range.
Subseries 1: Typescript Bound Volumes
Box Folder
2189 01 Schopenhauer: Salvation from Self to Social Conscience 1950
02 God as Hidden and Known: a Study Based upon the Writings of Rudolf Bultmann and Henry Nelson Wieman 1954
03 Salvation from Self (1950) and God as Hidden and Known (1954), digital files on CD (digitized 2008)
04 Christ without Myth: a Study Based on the Theology of Rudolf Bultmann 1954-1978
05 Existence and Faith: Shorter Writings of Rudolph Bultmann 1960
06 The Reality of God: and Other Essays 1965
07 Faith and freedom: Toward a Theology of Liberation 1978
08 The point of Christology 1981
09 New Testament and Mythology and Other Basic Writings 1984
10 What is Theology and Other Essays 1985
11 Is There Only One True Religion or Are There Many? 1991
Subseries 2: Typescript Documents
Box Folder
615 01 Is the Old Answer Still Adequate? : Free-Church Answer 1956-1978
02 Some Thoughts on the Present Situation in Theology 1956-1990
03 What About So-Called "Liturgical" Worship? 1956-1990
04 Bultmann’s Project of Demythologization and the Problem of Theology and Philosophy 1957
05 The Debate on "Demythologizing": Its History and Present Status 1957
06 Why the Theologian is Interested in the Relationship Between Christianity and Communism 1957
07 Christ without Myth 1958
08 Seven Homilies on the Meaning of Christian Worship, 1958
09 Niebuhr’s Theological Ethic 1958-1990
10 May A Christian Smoke? 1959
11 [Sermon on] I Corinthians 3:11-23 1959
12 [Sermon on] Luke 21:25-36 1959
13 The Situation in Contemporary Protestant Theology 1959
14 The Structure of Whitehead’s Philosophy 1959-1969
15 What Does It Mean to Affirm That Jesus Christ Is Lord? 1960
16 A Discussion by Willie White and Shubert Ogden 1960-1970
17 Bultmann and the "New Quest of the Historical Jesus" 1961
18 The Significance of Rudolph Bultmann 1961
19 Foreword [to The Religious Situation of "Operation Abolition" by Godwin] 1962
20 The Ministerial Office 1962
21 On the Problem of Demythologizing (by Bultmann, tr. Ogden) 1962
22 The Promise of Faith 1962
23 " You Also Should Do As I Have Done To You" (John 13:1-17, 20) 1962
24 Beyond Supernaturalism 1963
25 The Understanding of Theology in Ott and Bultmann 1963
26 Who Represents Christ? 1963
27 Zur Frage Der "Richtigen" Philosophie 1963
28 "And This Will Be a Sign for You…" (John 6:5-14) 1964
29 "Ask, and It Will Be Given You…" (Luke 11:9-13) 1964
30 Bultmann’s Demythologizing and Hartshorne’s Dipolar Theism 1964
31 Der Begriff der Theologie bei Ott und Bultmann 1964
32 The Temporality of God 1964
33 Theology and Objectivity 1964
34 Theology and Philosophy: A New Phase of the Discussion 1964
35 The Christian and Unbelievers 1965
36 Faith and Truth 1965
37 Intercessory Prayer in the Life of the Church 1965
38 Myth and Truth 1965
39 The Possibility and Task of Philosophical Theology: A Response to Rudolf Bultmann 1965
40 Welch’s Polemic: A Reply 1965
41 Present Prospects for Empirical Theology 1965-1990
42 The Christian Proclamation of God to Men of the So-Called "Atheistic Age" 1966
43 Karl Rahner 1966
44 Love Unbound: The Doctrine of God 1966
45 The Permanent Reformation 1966
46 The Significance of Rudolf Bultmann for Contemporary Theology 1966
47 Six Theses on the So-called "Death of God Theology" 1966
48 Theology and Metaphysics: Five Theses for Discussion 1966
49 [Transcendental Thomism and Protestant Thought] 1966
50 [Friedrick Gogarten] 1967
51 How Does God Function in Human Life? 1967
52 Karl Rahner: Theologian of "Open Catholicism" 1967
53 On Demythologizing 1967
54 Toward a New Theism 1967
55 Understanding "The Human" in the Midst of Rapid Social Change 1967
56 God and Philosophy: A Discussion with Antony Flew 1968
57 Theology and Metaphysics 1969
58 Pluralism 1969-1990
59 The Criterion of Metaphysical Truth and the Senses of “Metaphysics” 1970
60 Theological Education in the Divinity School 1970
61 What Theology Is 1970
62 A Christian Natural Theology? 1971
63 Lonergan and the Subjectivist Principle 1971
64 [Sermon on] Luke 14:7-11 1971
65 The Task of Philosophical Theology 1971
66 On Religion 1971-1990
67 Doctrinal Standards and the Theological Task: A Critique of the Theological Study Commission’s Report 1972
68 "The Reformation That We Want" 1972
69 [Translation of] Rudolf Bultmann’s "Protestant Theology and Atheism" 1972
70 Doctrinal Standards in the United Methodist Church 1973
71 Response [Perkins Journal] 1973
72 The Authority of the Bible for Theology (ST-5325) 1974
73 Faith and Secularity 1974
74 Falsification and Belief 1974
75 Response [to John Connelly’s The Task of Theology] 1974
76 "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling": Some Reflections on the Theology of a Hymn 1974
77 Prolegomena to a Christian Theology of Nature” 1974
78 Theological Reflections on Higher Education 1974
79 Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: A Brief 1975
80 On Revelation 1975
81 Ethical Queries About Modern Science 1977
82 Linguistic Analysis and Theology 1977
83 Reply to Peter L. Berger 1977
84 Christ Without Myth—In Retrospect 1978
85 Evil and Belief in God: The Distinctive Relevance of a “Process Theology” 1978
86 Theology and Religious Studies: Their Difference and the Difference It Makes 1978
87 Theology in the Modern World 1978
88 Christian Theology and Neoclassical Theism 1980
89 The Church and Homosexual Persons: The Issue of Ordination 1980
90 “Theological Education and Liberation Theology”: A Response 1980
91 Theology in the University 1981
92 Myth 1983
93 Divine Agency and Divine Action: A Response to W. J. Abraham 1985
94 Faith and Freedom 1989
Subseries 3: Typescript Book Reviews
Box Folder
615 95 Book reviews 1950-1959
96 Book reviews 1960-1969
97 Book reviews 1970-1979
Subseries 4: Publications
Box Folder
615 98 Articles 1950-1959
99 Articles 1960-1969
100 Articles 1960-1969
101 Articles 1960-1969
102 Articles 1970-1979
Box Folder
618A 01 Articles 1970-1979
02 Articles 1980-1991
03 Articles in Perkins School of Theology Publications 1962-1984
04 Books: Existence and Faith; Christ without Myth 1960, 1961
05 Books: The Reality of God; The Point of Christology 1966, 1982
06 Bibliography 1968
Subseries 5: Bibliographies
Box Folder
618A 06 Chronological bibliography, 1953-1968 1968
07 Alphabetical bibliography from www.ctr4process.org 2011

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Series 2:
Jazz Prayer Service, 1959

The second series focuses on a jazz setting of "The Wesley Orders of Common Prayer" led by Schubert M. Ogden and J. Paul Sampley in the Perkins Chapel on May 20, 1959.
Box Folder
618A 08 Service program May 20, 1959
Box Folder
616 01 Reel-to-reel audio recording May 20, 1959
02 Digitized service on compact disc (7 copies) May 20, 1959

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Series 3:
Systematic Theology Confrontations, 1968-1975

The third series consists of twenty-eight reels of videotaped theological dialogues held at Perkins School of Theology between 1968 and 1975. The series begins with eight tapes identified as being from the Perkins School of Theology Continuing Education Lending Library. The remaining tapes are either raw footage or faculty copies.
Box Folder
616 03 #44-3 Spurgeon Dunnam, Jr.: Faith and Revelation, c.1 1968
04 #44-3 Spurgeon Dunnam, Jr.: Faith and Revelation, c.2 1968
05 #44-6 John Deschner: Faith and Revelation, c.1 1968
06 #44-6 John Deschner: Faith and Revelation, c.2 1968
07 #44-7 Schubert Ogden: Faith and Revelation, c.1 1968
08 #44-7 Schubert Ogden: Faith and Revelation, c.2 1968
09 Westerhoff Confrontation: Sunday School - The Future 04/14/1975
10 Panel Confrontation: Sunday School 08/07/1975
11 Demo tape: Faith and Revelation 1968
12 #1 Ogden 09/11/1968
13 #6 Ogden 09/25/1968
14 #7 Ogden: Faith and Revelation 10/01/1968
15 #8 Deschner: Faith and Revelation 10/08/1968
16 #9 Ogden 10/09/1968
Box Folder
617 01 #10 Ogden 10/15/1968
02 #11 Deschner 10/16/1968
03 #12 Deschner 10/22/1968
04 #13 Ogden 10/29/1968
05 #14 Deschner: Introduction to the doctrine of God 10/30/1970
06 #15 Ogden: On love and the doctrine of God 11/06/1970
07 #16 Ogden: Love as the primary focus of understanding God 11/12/1968
08 #17 Deschner: Doctrine of God 11/13/1970
09 #18 Deschner 11/19/1968
10 #19 Ogden 11/20/1968
11 #20 Ogden: Christology 12/03/1968
12 #21 Deschner: Christology 12/04/1968
13 #22 Deschner 12/10/1968
14 #23 Ogden: Christology 12/11/1968

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Series 4:
Photographs, 1960-1990

The fourth series contains one folder of black-and-white images of Dr. Ogden taken during his teaching career at Perkins School of Theology.
Box Folder
618A 09 Photographs 1960-1990

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Series 5:
Correspondence, 1961-1989

Series five comprises four folders of work-related correspondence.
Box Folder
618A 40 Student 1961
41 James N. Robinson 1962
42 John Deschner 1970, 1989

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Series 6:
Tributes, 1989-1993

The final series includes two special tributes to Dr. Ogden: a festschrift in his honor and a retrospective interview published in Perspective magazine.
Box Folder
618A 14 Witness and Existence: Essays in Honor of Schubert M. Ogden 1989
15 Perspective interview 1993

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