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Ernst Troeltsch and Liberal Theology
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Ernst Troeltsch and Liberal Theology: Religion and Cultural Synthesis in Wilhelmine Germany

Mark Chapman


This book discusses the ethical implications of German liberal theology in the early years of the 20th century. It seeks to understand a much neglected period on its own terms. The leading figure, Ernst Troeltsch (1865–1923), is treated as a ‘public theologian’, engaging at many different levels with his social and political context and trying to ensure that religion could continue to shape the future course of history. To understand his context he made use of the tools of the emergent discipline of sociology and also entered into dialogue with philosophers and historians. Troeltsch's public t ... More

Keywords: German liberal theology, Ernst Troeltsch, public theology, religion, sociology, New Testament, Wilhelm Bousset, Wilhelm Hermann, Max Weber, cultural synthesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Chapman, author
Reader in Modern Theology, Ripon College, Oxford
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