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The Edinburgh Critical History of Nineteenth-Century Christian Theology

Edited by Daniel Whistler

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A conceptual survey of 19th-century theology and its relation to philosophy, natural science and social transformations

From the shadow of the Kantian critique it to the Oxford debates over Darwinism that shook the discipline to the core, and from the death of God to the rise of new Evangelical movements, 19th-century theology was fundamentally reshaped by both internal struggles and external developments.

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Editor’s Introduction
Daniel Whistler

1. The Death of God
Lissa McCullough

2. The Outside
Daniel Whistler

3. Society
Susan Curtis

4. The University
Gerard Loughlin

5. Freedom
Regula Zwahlen

6. Fetish
Roland Boer

7. Evolution
Bennett Zon

8. Miracles
Ruth Barton

9. Transcendence and Immanence
Johannes Zachhuber

10. Mediation
Andrew W. Hass

11. The Historical Turn
George Pattison

12. Tradition
Thomas Pfau

13. The Human
Steven Shakespeare

14. The Wisdom of the East
Joseph P. Lawrence

15. Homiletics
Joshua Cockayne

16. Deification
Katya Tolstaya

17. Mysticism
Benjamin Dawson

18. Language
Katie Terezakis


About the Author

Daniel Whistler is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool and Humboldt Research Fellow at the Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität, Münster. He is the author of Schelling’s Theory of Symbolic Language: Forming the System of Identity (Oxford University Press, 2013) and co-author of The Right to Wear Religious Symbols (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He is also co-editor of After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion (CSP, 2010) and Moral Powers, Fragile Beliefs: Essays in Moral and Religious Philosophy (Continuum, 2011).


An enormously welcome entry in modern historical theology. This volume of essays – organised not in terms of prominent figures and movements, but rather around critical concepts that became key sites of contestation in the nineteenth century (and remain so today) – will long prove an invaluable resource for understanding the conditions under which Christian theology ‘attained modernity’.

- Joel D. S. Rasmussen, University of Oxford

This volume offers a unique history of nineteenth-century Christian theology. Focusing on themes and problems rather than figures and great texts, the authors renew our understanding of theology. This volume is not merely for theologians, but philosophers, political theorists, and all those interested in how ideas shape our world.

- Anthony Paul Smith, La Salle University

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