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The Christian Faith

Ernst Troeltsch (Author)
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The first English translation of Troeltsch's Glaubenslehre. The first attempt to do systematic theology from a deep Christian commitment with full awareness of Christianity's social and historical relativity.
Release date: 
April 23, 1991


"Too hastily dismissed by a previous theological generation, Troeltsch's explorations of Christian belief have become timely again. His conclusions are not definitive, but his questions and his perspectives have a fresh pertinence, even an urgency, in the present situation."
— B. A. Gerrish, John Nuveen Professor
The University of Chicago Divinity School

"Ernst Troeltsch spoke candidly of his own difficult writing style as resembling 'sailor's hardtack.' But I suspect that no one will detect it in Garrett Paul's elegant rendition into English of the Glaubenslehre. This is no small achievement, for which every reader of this important historical document will be grateful."
— James Luther Adams, Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School

Table of Contents

    Preface to the Translation
    Introduction to the English Edition by Garrett E. Paul
    Foreword by Marta Troeltsch
    Prefatory Remarks by Gertrud von le Fort


  1. The Concept of Glaubenslehre and the Task of the Dogmatic System in Relation to the Principles of the Philosophy of Religion
  2. The Sources of the System
  3. Revelation and Faith
  4. Faith and Knowledge, Theology and Philosophy
  5. The Christian Principle and the Organization of Glaubenslehre


  6. Faith and History
  7. The Religious Significance of the History of Israelite Prophetism
  8. The Significance of Jesus for Faith
  9. The Religious Significance of the History of Christianity as the Development of Revelation
  10. The Doctrine of the Trinity as the Link between the Historical and the Religious Elements in Christianity


    1. The Christian Concept of God

  11. The Place of the Concept of God in the System
  12. God as Will and Essence
  13. The Holiness of God
  14. God as Love

    2. The Christian Concept of the World

  15. The Place of the Concept of the World in the System
  16. The Concept of Creation
  17. The Divine World-Governance
  18. The Inner Life of God, or Miracle

    3. The Christian Concept of the Soul

  19. The Place of Anthropology in the System
  20. The Infinite Value of the Soul
  21. The Image of God
  22. Original Sin
  23. The Religious Vision of History: The Struggle between the Good and Evil Principles in the History of the Human Race

    4. The Christian Concept of Redemption

  24. The Place of the Concept of Redemption in the System
  25. Development and Redemption
  26. Redemption from Sin, Guilt, and Moral Impotence
  27. The Character of Redemption as a Whole: Grace and Rebirth
  28. The Connection between Redemption and the Historical Personality of Jesus Christ, and the Accomplishment of Redemption Through the Work of the Holy Spirit

    5. The Christian Doctrine of Religious Community (Fragment)

  29. Religious Community, or the Kingdom of God
  30. The Church
  31. The Word as the Means of Grace
  32. The Sacraments and the Cultus
  33. The Task of Missions

    6. The Consummation (Fragment)

  34. The Place of Eschatology in the System
  35. The Essence of the Consummation
  36. The Universality and Particularity of Grace