This book assesses the German liberal theological tradition in the early years of the twentieth century, concentrating in particular on the work of Ernst Troeltsch. It locates theology in its social and political context, and seeks to understand the period on its own terms and not through the distorting lens of the First World War.
"Chapman elaborates [the subject] in a meticulously researched and clearyl argued monograph."--Religious Studies Review
"Chapman's book is an important and compelling contribution to the study of Troeltch. His scholarship is richly illuminating and thorough, and his style is concise and lively. An astute, fascinating, and hihgly recommended scholarly treatment of a theologian whose relevance for the present, as Chapman argues, should be made as clear as possible."- The Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"Mark Chapman's Ernst Troeltsch
herewith joins T. Gorringe's Karl Barth
(1999) and C. Harrison's Augustine
(2000) as the third figure in this estimable series." Chapman "provides an attractive, well-written discussion of the era's issues; for the scholar, it is a fresh, creative, "contextualized" retrieval of Troeltsch and early 20th-century liberal theology."--Theological Studies