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Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness - Melissa Raphael

Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness

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Melissa Raphael presents a critical examination of the central contribution to the twentieth-century concept of holiness made by the German Protestant Rudolf Otto (1869-1937). Whereas Otto's work has usually been studied from a phenomenological perspective, this book is original in offering theological arguments for Otto's idea of the holy becoming an anchor concept of contemporary theistic discourse. This volume analyses the scholarly context that shaped Otto's concept of holiness and, finding that the theological significance of the latter has been overlooked, discusses the relation of the numinous and the holy to the divine personality, morality, religious experience, and emancipatory theology.

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`'...careful, detailed and discriminating discussion of the theological significance of Otto's work...This book is the fruit of research for a doctoral thesis. As such it is highly concentrated. It abounds in references to other writers...an impressive, weighty, and illuminating piece of work.'' Theology

Introductionp. 1
The Concept of Holinessp. 25
Das Heilige in Contextp. 41
Otto's Contribution to the Concept of Holinessp. 60
Holiness and Divine Personalityp. 85
Holiness and Moralityp. 116
Numinous Experiencep. 149
Holiness and Liberationp. 175
Conclusionp. 203
Freedom and Necessity: A Conversation with Nicolai Hartmann about the Autonomy and Theonomy of Valuesp. 210
Bibliographyp. 222
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780198269328
ISBN-10: 0198269323
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st July 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48