Reformed Schools

Protestant Theology and the Making Of the Modern German University
by Thomas Albert Howard
Oxford University Press, 2006
(496 pages, $135.00, hardcover)

reviewed by S. M. Hutchens

One of my teachers, a distinguished theologian thoroughly trained in the tradition of German academic theology, once said of an acquaintance that the poor chap felt incapable of preaching the gospel unless he felt up on “the latest poop from Germany.”

Thomas Albert Howard demonstrates in this magisterial and brilliantly executed study why the preacher’s dilemma was rooted in far larger and deeper considerations than slavish devotion to German school theology—the relationship between the critical science of the modern university ( Wissenschaft), born and reared in Germany, . . .

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