- List of Contributors
- The Self and the Good Life
- Nationalism and Patriotism
- The Making of the Modern Metropolis
- The Other
- Freedom and Human Emancipation
- Work and Labour
- Suffering In Theology and Modern European Thought
- Nihilism and Theology: Who Stands at the Door?
- War and Peace
- Radical Philosophy and Political Theology
- Beauty and Sublimity
- Time and History
- The Metaphysics of Modernity
- The Bible
- Divine Providence
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores conceptions of the Bible in modern European thought. The first section examines the work of Hegel and Schleiermacher, and connects aspects of their philosophies to issues in Biblical interpretation. The second section considers three classic essays on the Bible by Strauss, Renan, and Jowett, which articulate significant nineteenth-century cultural contradictions vis-à-vis the Bible, many of which persist in our own time. The third section considers two contrasting influential twentieth-century approaches to the Bible: Barth's expressionist commentary on Romans and Bultmann's existentialist programme of ‘demythologization’.
Nicholas Adams is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Habermas and Theology (2006) and The Eclipse of Grace: Divine and Human Action in Hegel (forthcoming). He writes on German Idealism, religious public argumentation, and inter-faith engagement, with special interest in the A Common Word initiative and the philosophical aspects of the practice of Scriptural Reasoning.
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