Revelatory Positivism?: Barths Earliest Theology and the Marburg School

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

bySimon Fisher

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This volume fills the gap in British and American knowledge about the liberal phase of Barth's theology, and also that phase in the literature dealing with nineteenth- and twentieth-century religious thought. It opens with a critical exposition of the philosophy and religious thought of theMarburg School, an extremely influential group of philosophers in Germany before 1914, focusing particular attention on the writings of its leader, Hermann Cohen, a prominent figure in the Jewish Community. There then follows a consideration of the Ritschlian theologian Wilhelm Herrman (1846-1968)who taught Barth and Bultmann. Finally, Dr Fisher offers a thorough discussion of Barth's earliest writings, most of which have not yet been translated from the German.

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This volume fills the gap in British and American knowledge about the liberal phase of Barth's theology, and also that phase in the literature dealing with nineteenth- and twentieth-century religious thought. It opens with a critical exposition of the philosophy and religious thought of theMarburg School, an extremely influential group...

Simon Fisher is Parish Priest at Possilpark, Glasgow. He is the former Chaplain and Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198267258

ISBN - 13:9780198267256

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`an important monograph on a neglected area of Barth studies ... his earliest liberal writings on philosophy of religion have been scarcely noticed. Dr Fisher's book seeks to make good the omission ... The great strength of the book is its immensely careful scholarship, both in examining thedetails of the texts to which it gives attention and in setting them in their cultural and intellectual contexts ... Fisher's work sets high standards of meticulous scholarship, and readers should be grateful for a book which not only traces a neglected part of the intellectual background tocontemporary theology but also extends their sense of what is happening in the most complex and ramified theological oeuvre of the century'Themelios