The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought

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Joel D.S. Rasmussen, Judith Wolfe, Johannes Zachhuber
Oxford Handbooks
  • New York, NY: 
    Oxford University Press
    , June
     736 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Through various realignments beginning in the Revolutionary era and continuing across the nineteenth century, Christianity not only endured as a vital intellectual tradition contributed importantly to a wide variety of significant conversations, movements, and social transformations across the diverse spheres of intellectual, cultural, and social history. The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought proposes new readings of the diverse sites and variegated role of the Christian intellectual tradition across what has come to be called "the long nineteenth century." It represents the first comprehensive examination of a picture emerging from the twin recognition of Christianity's abiding intellectual influence and its radical transformation and diversification under the influence of the forces of modernity. Part one investigates changing paradigms that determine the evolving approaches to religious matters during the nineteenth century, providing readers with a sense of the fundamental changes at the time. Section two considers human nature and the nature of religion. It explores a range of categories rising to prominence in the course of the nineteenth century, and influencing the way religion in general, and Christianity in particular, were conceived. Part three focuses on the intellectual, cultural, and social developments of the time, while part four looks at Christianity and the arts-a major area in which Christian ideas, stories, and images were used, adapted, changes, and challenged during the nineteenth century. Christianity was radically pluralized in the nineteenth century, and the fifth section is dedicated to 'Christianity and Christianities'. The chapters sketch the major churches and confessions during the period. The final part considers doctrinal themes registering the wealth and scope through broad narrative and individual example. This authoritative reference work offers an indispensable overview of a period whose forceful ideas continue to be present in contemporary theology.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Joel D. S. Rasmussen is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University and a Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford. 

Judith Wolfe studied literature and philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and first literature and then philosophical theology at Oxford. She is now Senior Lecturer in Theology & the Arts at the University of St Andrews. 

Johannes Zachhuber studied theology in Rostock, Berlin, and Oxford where he earned his DPhil in 1997. He is the Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology and a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. 


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