Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany Hardback

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Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany

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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 educational reforms 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 dialectical theology. 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 national contexts. 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.

Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany by Zachary Purvis was published by Oxford University Press in July 2016. The ISBN for Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany is 9780198783381.

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Page last updated 8th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (July 2016)
Weight552g
Number of Pages336
Thickness20 mm
Height234 mm
Width153 mm
ISBN9780198783381
ISBN-100198783388
Product Code4375106
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