Faith at the Intersection of History and Experience

Faith at the Intersection of History and Experience

by Brent A. R. Hege


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This present study is the first in English of the theology of the German Lutheran theologian Georg Wobbermin (1869-1943), who has been called a ""captain of the liberal rearguard."" Widely read and discussed in his own lifetime, Wobbermin's theology fell into obscurity as dialectical theology rose to prominence in the years following the First World War.
Faith at the Intersection of History and Experience presents the major themes of Wobbermin's theology, particularly his analysis of the relationship between faith and history and his development of a religio-psychological theological method that places faith at the intersection of history and experience. Wobbermin's critiques of recent and contemporary approaches to the problem of faith and history and his attention to theological method reveal a sustained effort to continue what he called the ""Luther-Kant-Schleiermacher line"" of Protestant theology. The consistent emphasis in Wobbermin's theology is on the systematic interrelation of objectivity and subjectivity, an approach he considered to be a faithful continuation of the Reformation, but one that invited conflict with the dialectical theologians, chiefly Karl Barth. Wobbermin's debates with Barth on issues of method reveal a vibrant and sophisticated liberal theology co-existing with the dialectical theology that is conventionally assumed to have eclipsed it over a decade earlier.
Building on work that has been done primarily in German, this study of one of the ""forgotten theologians"" of the early twentieth century appears as more German, British, and American theologians and historians are returning to this period of theology with renewed interest and fresh questions, and it addresses an often neglected period of modern Protestant thought in histories currently available in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556359415
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/21/2008
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Brent A. R. Hege teaches in the First Year Seminar program and in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Butler University. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D. in Theology with distinction in 2007.

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"The first decades of the twentieth century mark, without doubt, one of the most influential periods in the history of modern Protestantism. However, only too often do the richness and diversity of that period get reduced to the towering work of theologians like Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, and Paul Tillich. Among the less well-known, but nonetheless articulate and powerful, voices is that of Lutheran theologian Georg Wobbermin. In this book, Brent Hege gives a crystal-clear, well-crafted, and thematically focused account of Wobbermin's work. While this book is a contribution to the history of modern Protestantism in the first place, Hege also reflects on the abiding substantive issues that Wobbermin's 'theology of history' raises and that have not since lost any of their significance."

—Andreas Schuele, Aubrey Lee Brooks Professor of Biblical Theology, Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia

"Hege's is a fresh study of once-famed theologian Georg Wobbermin, and a welcome addition to current reconsiderations of the crosscurrents of Christianity and culture in Germany between the last century's two world wars. Of particular value to biblical scholars, historians, philosophers, and theologians alike is the light Hege shines on problems of faith and history—Historie and Geschichte—and theological method in dispute among Weimar-era traditionalists, liberals, and dialectically-tempered theologians."

—James O. Duke, Professor of the History of Christianity and Historical Theology, Brite Divinity School, Forth Worth, Texas

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