Christ without Absolutes: A Study of the Christology of Ernst Troeltsch

Paperback | April 30, 1999

bySarah Coakley

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Can Christians continue to worship Jesus Christ as the full, final, and `absolute' revelation of God in an age of historical relativism, an expanding universe, and the impinging of other world faiths on Western Culture? To the great German liberal theologian Ernst Troeltsch, the answer was no;but so vehemently negative was the `neo-orthodox' reaction to his viewpoint that, until now, no full exposition of his Christology has been available. This bold and penetrating study includes a close analytical account of the nature of Troeltsch's relativism in the light of current debates in the social sciences. It assesses the strength of his case against traditional incarnationalism, and argues that Troeltsch's Christological method, far frommarking the `collapse' of liberal theology, opens new possibilities for the future.

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Can Christians continue to worship Jesus Christ as the full, final, and 'absolute' revelation of God in an age of historical relativism, an expanding universe, and the impinging of other world faiths on Western culture? Far from marking the 'collapse' of liberal theology, Professor Coakley argues that Troeltsch's Christological method ...

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Can Christians continue to worship Jesus Christ as the full, final, and `absolute' revelation of God in an age of historical relativism, an expanding universe, and the impinging of other world faiths on Western Culture? To the great German liberal theologian Ernst Troeltsch, the answer was no;but so vehemently negative was the `neo-ort...

Sarah Coakley is at Harvard Divinity School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198263740

ISBN - 13:9780198263746

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Can Christians continue to worship Jesus Christ as the full, final, and 'absolute' revelation of God in an age of historical relativism, an expanding universe, and the impinging of other world faiths on Western culture? Far from marking the 'collapse' of liberal theology, Professor Coakley argues that Troeltsch's Christological method opens up many new possibilities for the future.

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`This is no doubt the best and most thorough rehabilitation Troeltsch is likely to get. His question is the one left over from the Enlightenment: how can the Absolute be expressed in contingent language?'The Heythrop Journal