Can Christians continue to worship Jesus Christ as the full, final, and `absolute' revelation of God in an age of historical relativism, an expanding universe, and the impinging of other world faiths on Western Culture? To the great German liberal theologian Ernst Troeltsch, the answer was no; but so vehemently negative was the `neo-orthodox' reaction to his viewpoint that, until now, no full exposition of his Christology has been available.
This bold and penetrating study includes a close analytical account of the nature of Troeltsch's relativism in the light of current debates in the social sciences. It assesses the strength of his case against traditional incarnationalism, and argues that Troeltsch's Christological method, far from
marking the `collapse' of liberal theology, opens new possibilities for the future.
`a connoisseur's piece that will benefit any biblical interpreter who takes seriously the problems Troeltsch exposed ... It is an invitation, in the spirit of Troeltsch, for expansion into the newer social sciences for investigation into feeling and imagination in the religious life.'
Eshter Reed, Brill (Bibilical Interpretation 7,2)
`a scrupulously fair, well-informed and balanced study of a major German thinker'
David L. Edwards, Church Times
`a lucid, well argued and meticulously researched mapping of a fairly swampy area ... the book is a pleasure to read and the announcement of a significant new theological voice'
J. Gorringe, Expository Times
`a major contribution to international Troeltsch studies ... It is meticulously researched and written in lean clear prose.'
Gavin D'Costa, West London Institute of Higher Education, Religion
`This is no doubt the best and most thorough rehabilitation Troeltsch is likely to get. His question is the one left over from the Enlightenment: how can the Absolute be expressed in contingent language?'
The Heythrop Journal