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The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century Theology

David Fergusson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21718-3
552 pages
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Bringing together a collection of essays by prominent scholars, The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth Century Theology presents a comprehensive account of the most significant theological figures, movements, and developments of thought that emerged in Europe and America during the nineteenth century.
  • Representing the most up-to-date theological research, this new reference work offers an engaging and illuminating overview of a period whose forceful ideas continue to live on in contemporary theology
  • A new reference work providing a comprehensive account of the most significant theological figures and developments of thought that emerged in Europe and America during the nineteenth century
  • Brings together newly-commissioned research from prominent international Biblical scholars, historians, and theologians, covering the key thinkers, confessional traditions, and major religious movements of the period
  • Ensures a balanced, ecumenical viewpoint, with essays covering Catholic, Russian, and Protestant theologies
  • Includes analysis of such prominent thinkers as Kant and Kierkegaard, the influence and authority of Darwin and the natural sciences on theology, and debates the role and enduring influence of the nineteenth century “anti-theologians”
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.


Part I: Key Thinkers and Their Influence.

1. Kant (Nicholas Adams, University of Edinburgh).

2. Schleiermacher (Christine Helmer, Northwestern University).

3. Hegel (David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh).

4. Coleridge (Stephen R. Holmes, University of St. Andrews).

5. Kierkegaard (David R. Law, University of Manchester).

6. Newman (Frank M. Turner, Yale University).

Part II: Trends and Movements.

7. Natural Science and Theology (James C. Livingston, College of William and Mary).

8. Romanticism and Pantheism (Julia A. Lamm, Georgetown University).

9. Roman Catholic Theology: Tübingen (Bradford E. Hinze, Fordham University).

10. Russian Theology (Olga Nesmiyanova, Saint-Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy).

11. Evangelicalism (David W. Bebbington, University of Stirling).

12. Kenotic Christology (David R. Law, University of Manchester).

13. Mediating Anglicanism: Maurice, Gore, and Temple (Ulrike Link-Wieczorek, University of Oldenburg).

14. Mediating Theology in Germany (Matthias Gockel, University of Jena).

15. America: Confessional Theologies (James D. Bratt, Calvin College).

16. America: Transcendentalism to Social Gospel (Robert W. Jenson, formerly Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton).

17. Reformed Theology in Scotland and the Netherlands (Graham McFarlane, London School of Theology).

18. Neo-Scholasticism (Ralph Del Colle, Marquette University).

19. The Bible and Literary Interpretation (Stephen Prickett, University of Glasgow).

20. Skeptics and Anti-Theologians (George Pattison, University of Oxford).

21. History of Religion School (Mark D. Chapman, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford).

22. The Bible and Theology (John W. Rogerson, University of Sheffield).

23. Liberal Theology in Germany (Christine Axt-Piscalar, Georg-August University of Göttingen).

24. Catholic Modernism (Gerard Loughlin, Durham University).


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Author Information

David Fergusson is Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author and editor of several books including Faith and Its Critics (2009), Scottish Philosophical Theology (2007), and Church, State and Civil Society (2004), and serves as a trustee of the Scottish Journal of Theology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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"As with all the other volumes in the Blackwell series, this is as scholarly work of high quality and considerable depth . . . This book is a valuable contribution to the work of scholars studying trends in thought in the nineteenth-century." (Reference Reviews, 2011)

"This is a magnificent book . . . Within the confines of the space available, the essays are as definitive and comprehensive as they can be, written in many cases by the foremost scholars working on the thinker or theme . . .This, then, is a book to be savoured, wrestled with, and actively used over a long period of time. Let us hope the paperback comes soon. " (Theology, 1 June 2011)


"An excellent collection of essays on a century crucial for modern theological, religious and anti-religious thought."
—Janet Martin Soskice, University of Cambridge

"This latest contribution to the Blackwell Companions to Religion masterfully summarizes the major trends in Christian theology during the enormously fertile period stretching from the Enlightenment to the Social Gospel and Modernism. An invaluable reference work that tracks developments across confessions and continents, this volume gives the lie to facile generalizations about nineteenth-century theology by illustrating the extraordinary range and depth of Christian thought through a tumultuous era that was in many respects the crucible for our own."
Ian A McFarland, Emory University

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