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Barth's Earliest Theology and the Marburg School. Oxford Theological Monographs
This volume fills the gap in British and American knowledge about the liberal phase of Barth's theology, and also that phase in the literature dealing with nineteenth- and twentieth-century religious thought. It opens with a critical exposition of the philosophy and religious thought of the Marburg School, an extremely influential group of philosophers in Germany before 1914, focusing particular attention on the writings of its leader, Hermann Cohen, a prominent figure in the Jewish Community. There then follows a consideration of the Ritschlian theologian Wilhelm Herrman (1846-1968) who taught Barth and Bultmann. Finally, Dr Fisher offers a thorough discussion of Barth's earliest writings, most of which have not yet been translated from the German.
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`an important monograph on a neglected area of Barth studies ... his earliest liberal writings on philosophy of religion have been scarcely noticed. Dr Fisher's book seeks to make good the omission ... The great strength of the book is its immensely careful scholarship, both in examining the details of the texts to which it gives attention and in setting them in their cultural and intellectual contexts ... Fisher's work sets high standards of meticulous
scholarship, and readers should be grateful for a book which not only traces a neglected part of the intellectual background to contemporary theology but also extends their sense of what is happening in the most complex and ramified theological oeuvre of the century'
Themelios 'This book with its copious notes, appendices and index should be essential reading for students of theology, even if they are not solely interested in the Marburg School. It also makes accessible in English much material not hitherto available to those without German.'
A.S. Halford-MacLeod. Newscan `The continuing emergence of Oxford Theological Monographs is to be greatly welcomed ... "Revelatory Positivism?" is no exception in opening up dimensions of the background and thought of Barth that have been little studied.'
Journal of Theological Studies 'he is a perceptive guide and has done enough to whet our appetites for his answers'
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