Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University
By: Thomas Albert Howard (author)Hardback
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In shaping the modern academy and in setting the agenda of modern Christian theology, few institutions have been as influential as the German universities of the nineteenth century. This book examines the rise of the modern German university from the standpoint of the Protestant theological faculty, focusing especially on the University of Berlin (1810), Prussia's flagship university in the nineteenth century. In contradistinction to historians of modern higher education who often overlook theology, and to theologians who are frequently inattentive to the social and institutional contexts of religious thought, Thomas Albert Howard argues that modern university development and the trajectory of modern Protestant theology in Germany should be understood as interrelated phenomena.
Thomas Albert Howard currently holds the Stephen Phillips Chair in history and is director of the Jerusalem & Athens Forum at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusettes. He is the author of Religion and the Rise of Historicism and Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University, winner of the Lilly Fellows Program Book Award for 2007. He is also the editor of The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue by Mark Noll and James Turner.
I. INTRODUCTION ; 1. Theology, Modernity, and the German University ; 2. On the State and Modern Science 'in the German sense' ; 3. Plan of Study ; 4. Broader Considerations, or 'the Pathos of Modern Theology' ; II. SACRA FACULTAS AND THE COMING OF GERMAN MODERNITY ; Introduction ; 5. The Medieval Legacy ; 6. Humanism, the Reformation, and the Universities ; 7. The Eighteenth Century: Decline and Critique ; 8. The Way Forward: Halle and Gottingen ; 9. 'Torchbearer or Trainbearer?' The Faculties and Immanuel Kant ; III. WISSENSCHAFT, AND THE FOUNDING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN ; Introduction ; 10. Revolutionary Times and the Ascendancy of Wissenschaft ; 11. 'A New Creation' ; 12. Theology and the Idea of the University ; 13. Early Operations: Berlin's Theological Faculty, 1810-1819 ; 14. 'Renewing Protestantism': Schleiermacher and the Challenge of Modern Theological Education ; IV. AN ERASTIAN MODERNITY? CHURCH, STATE, AND EDUCATION IN EARLY NINETEENTH-CENTURY PRUSSIA ; Introduction ; 15. Church and State before 1806 ; 16. 1806 and the Prussian Kultusministerium ; 17. 'A Realm of the Intelligence': Minister Altenstein and his Legacy ; V. THEOLOGIA BETWEEN SCIENCE AND THE STATE ; Introduction ; 18. Historical Trends and Developments, 1810-1918 ; 19. The Rise and Fall of 'Theological Encyclopedia' ; 20. History, Commemoration, and University ; 21. 'The Age of German Footnotes': Visitors from Abroad, Admirers from Afar ; 22. 'The Crisis of the Theological Faculty': Lagarde, Overbeck, and Harnack ; Conclusion: Janus Gazing
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