19th century German theology

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I have finally finished the “19th century German theology” page, which I had announced two years ago! The page link will be on the top of the blog:

https://dogmatics.wordpress.com/german-theology/

It did not take two years — I just forgot about it until now. I have expanded the number of titles, and I will add more as I come across new discoveries. Where multiple editions are available, I have selected the best quality scan.

What is my justification for providing this resource? Modernity happened, like it or not. Even if your affinities are closer aligned with Protestant scholasticism of the 17th century, your theology will be impoverished by ignoring the intervening development of theology. These works are stimulating, rigorous, fascinating, profound, and — believe it or not — often faithful to our Lord. They are not monolithic, as different schools emerged and contended with each other, and the result is one of the high points in the history of theology. I am aligned with Barth in his criticisms of this period, but there would be no Barth if it were not for this theology. In fact, Barth’s carefully nuanced reading of Schleiermacher — ardent rejection and loving affection — is a model for us all.

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5 comments

      • Oh, I just noticed that you didn’t put up any of the German. You should see what you can find out there by way of German versions.

      • Ah, yes, there are lots of German works available — much more than the relatively few works that were translated into English. A number of theologians never had their primary dogmatic works translated, such as Beck, De Wette, Marheineke, and Wegscheider. If it were not for some dedicated Scottish ministers and theologians (and a few lay translators), we would not have the English translations we do have.

        I do plan to add the German works as well, but that will take some time.

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