Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany by Zachary PurvisTheology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany by Zachary Purvis

Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany

byZachary Purvis

Hardcover | August 27, 2016

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Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany examines the dual transformation of institutions and ideas that led to the emergence of theology as science, the paradigmatic project of modern theology associated with Friedrich Schleiermacher. Beginning with earlier educationalreforms across central Europe and especially following the upheavals of the Napoleonic period, an impressive list of provocateurs, iconoclasts, and guardians of the old faith all confronted the nature of the university, the organization of knowledge, and the unity of theology's various parts,quandaries which together bore the collective name of "theological encyclopedia". Schleiermacher's remarkably influential programme pioneered the structure and content of the theological curriculum and laid the groundwork for theology's historicization. Zachary Purvis offers a comprehensive investigation of Schleiermacher's programme through the era's two predominant schools:speculative theology and mediating theology. Purvis highlights that the endeavour ultimately collapsed in the context of Wilhelmine Germany and the Weimar Republic, beset by the rise of religious studies, radical disciplinary specialization, a crisis of historicism, and the attacks of dialecticaltheology. In short, the project represented university theology par excellence. Engaging in detail with these developments, Purvis weaves the story of modern university theology into the broader tapestry of German and European intellectual culture, with periodic comparisons to other nationalcontexts. In doing so, he Purvis presents a substantially new way to understand the relationship between theology and the university, both in nineteenth-century Germany and, indeed, beyond.
Zachary Purvis is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.
Title:Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century GermanyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:August 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations1. Introduction2. Organizing Knowledge3. Institutions and Reforms4. Enlightenment, History, and New Ideals5. Theology and wissenschaft in the Quiet War6. Schleiermacher from Halle to Berlin7. Renewing Protestantism? Schleiermacher and University Theology8. The Speculative Trajectory9. Preceptor of Modern Theology: Hagenbach and the Mediating SchoolConclusionSelect Bibliography