Theology as Science in Nineteenth-Century Germany: From F.C. Baur to Ernst Troeltsch

Hardcover | November 3, 2013

byZachhuber, Johannes

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This study describes the origin, development and crisis of the German nineteenth-century project of theology as science. Its narrative is focused on the two predominant theological schools during this period, the Tubingen School and the Ritschl School. Their work emerges as a grand attempt tosynthesize historical and systematic theology within the twin paradigms of historicism and German Idealism. Engaging in detail with the theological, historical and philosophical scholarship of the story's protagonists, Johannes Zachhuber reconstructs the basis of this scholarship as a deep belief inthe eventual unity of human knowledge. This idealism clashed with the historicist principles underlying much of the scholars' actual research. The tension between these paradigms ran through the entire period and ultimately led to the disintegration of the project at the end of the century. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, many of which have never been used in English speaking scholarship before, Zachhuber embeds the essentially theological story he presents within broader intellectual developments in nineteenth century Germany. In spite of its eventual failure, the project oftheology as science in nineteenth century Germany is here described as a paradigmatic intellectual endeavour of European modernity with far-reaching significance beyond the confines of a single academic discipline.

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This study describes the origin, development and crisis of the German nineteenth-century project of theology as science. Its narrative is focused on the two predominant theological schools during this period, the Tubingen School and the Ritschl School. Their work emerges as a grand attempt tosynthesize historical and systematic theolog...

Johannes Zachhuber is Reader of Theology in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionI: Ferdinand Christian Baur and the Tubingen School2. F.C. Baur s two Programmes of Scientific Theology3. The Origin of the two Programmes4. A Science without Presuppositions: David Strauss5. Debating the Nature of Religion: Eduard Zeller6. A Manifesto of Tubingen Orthodoxy: Adolf HilgenfeldII: Albrecht Ritschl and the Ritschl School7. Albrecht Ritschl on Theology as Science8. Philosophical Insights and Influences9. The Kingdom of God10. The End of the Idealist ProgrammeConclusionBibliography