This comprehensive study analyzes the theological concerns of the major Protestant thinkers in Europe and the United States during the early part of the nineteenth century. The discussion ranges from such influential literary religious thinkers as Carlyle and Emerson to theological critics such as Feuerbach and Kierkegaard.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"An excellent survey for the graduate student or theologically informed member of the public. . . . A book with which one wants to enter into careful dialogue. And that is the very best kind of history book." --Joseph Fitzer, 'Journal of Religion'
"An important addition to the existing literature in its special field. . . . Thoroughly grounded in the sources and recent secondary literature, the presentations are scrupulously fair and the judgments made are restrained and judicious." --B. A. Gerrish, 'Journal of Modern History'
"A mature, well-organized book. Welch has fruitfully mined the sources for each thinker discussed. There are extensive bibliographic and explanatory footnotes, which add substantially to the usefulness of the study. Clear and detailed in exposition, perceptive and incisive in judgment, Welch instructively points out the characteristic and distinctive features of his subjects' thought and quite convincingly illuminates both the strengths and weaknesses of their rationales." --Olaf S. Olsen, 'Christian Scholar's Review'
Claude Welch is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Historical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He is also the author of 'In This Name: The Doctrine of the Trinity in Contemporary Theology' and 'The Reality of the Church.'