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Liberal Theology (Christian)

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

1. History

Firstly, as Bultmann noted, there was the stress on the historicization of all thought, which made a crucial impact on biblical studies and was particularly strong in Germany under the influence of the historian, Leopold von Ranke, and the philosopher Georg W. F. Hegel. The study of theology, which had hitherto rested on the unquestioned assumptions of its status as revealed truth underpinned by an inspired Scripture, was gradually transformed by this revolution. Ernst Troeltsch, the leading th…

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