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Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Zachary Purvis


The modern university and modern Christian theology both spring from the same headwaters: the German university of the nineteenth century. This book 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, t ... More

Keywords: Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wissenschaft, theological encyclopedia, historicism, idealism, theology as science, universities, Germany, mediating theology, speculative theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198783381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zachary Purvis, author
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh