Notes from a Wayfarer: The Autobiography of Helmut Thielicke

Notes from a Wayfarer: The Autobiography of Helmut Thielicke

by Helmut Thielicke, David R. Law, H. George Anderson
     
 

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Helmut Thielicke was one of the most read and most listened to theologians of our time. Like few other theologians, he repeatedly came down from the ivory tower of academic religion in order to build bridges between church and world, and between gospel and society. He did not belong to Protestantism alone; his works were - and still are - closely followed by Catholic

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Helmut Thielicke was one of the most read and most listened to theologians of our time. Like few other theologians, he repeatedly came down from the ivory tower of academic religion in order to build bridges between church and world, and between gospel and society. He did not belong to Protestantism alone; his works were - and still are - closely followed by Catholic theology, discussed in dissertations and reviews, and published widely. In this book, written shortly after his 75th birthday, Thielicke sets forth his memoirs from a long and full life. His narrative is filled with deeply thoughtful reflections about suffering, death and the poignancy of life, as well as with a delightful humour that easily makes us part of every story and encounter. Without any pretence or self-promotion, Thielicke introduces us to the figures that he counted among his friends and acquaintances: Karl Barth, Konrad Adenauer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dwight Eisenhower, Helmut Kohl and Jimmy Carter. Thielicke was, moreover, a witness to many of the most significant events of the 20th century; his life history is interwoven with the Kaiser period, the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Third Reich, a divided Germany and the tumultuous 60s. From the perspective of this single life we are afforded a broad and clear vision of the moments that have shaped the generation leading us into the 21st century.

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"This book is not only a good read but an informative glimpse into an important era of German history and theology."—E. Earle Ellis, Southwestern Journal of Theology
Steve Schroeder
Thielicke's memoir, originally published in German in 1984 (two years before the author's death), is an engaging reminder of why Thielicke's appeal consistently cut across theological and ideological lines. Even at his most conservative, Thielicke created moments of dialogue with a radical student movement of which he was steadfastly critical. Even at his most radical, he affirmed the concept of a fatherland and criticized those most publicly identified with denazification in postwar Germany. Not surprisingly, those same qualities account for his self-description as a "wayfarer" and are reflected in a life of critical engagement that was never confined to merely academic theology. Thielicke's account of his life is a theological document as well as a window on German history from before World War I to the Weimar Republic, to the rise of Nazism, to the reconstruction of Germany after the war, to the student revolt of the 1960s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557787088
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
04/21/1998
Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.55(d)

Meet the Author

Helmut Thielicke is one of the most outstanding preachers and theologians of the German Lutheran Church. Dismissed by the Nazi regime from his post of Professor of Theology at Heidelberg in 1940, he came to prominence in Stuttgart where, during the worst of the bombing raids and in spite of continuing Nazi opposition, he continued to preach to a congregation of several thousand each week. After the war he served as professor and Rector at the University of Tubingen until 1954, when he accepted the post of Rector at the University of Hamburg, the first Protestant theologian to hold this position. He died in 1986.

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