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The late nineteenth century was a time of rapid industrialization, mass politicization, and modern philosophy. The resulting political and cultural upheaval confronted the German Protestant church with deep questions of identity.

On the one side sat an educated academic guild whose explorations of history, philology, and emerging social scientific disciplines gave rise to serious questions about the Christian faith and its meaning for today.

On the other sat parish clergy faced with the complexities of daily life and leadership in common communities. For these parish clergy the pressure was great to support and bolster people not only in their life as Christians, but in their life as Germans.

<.i>Shepherds of the Empireengages timeless questions of identity and faith through the time-bound work of four key thinkers who attempted, and ultimately failed, to carve a middle way for the German parish clergy in that environment.

The volume focuses on the life and work of Adolf Stoecker (1835–1909), Martin Kähler (1835–1912), Adolf Schlatter (1852–1938), and Christoph Blumhardt (1842–1919).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. ix
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  1. 1. Introduction: The Connection between the Theology of the Word of God and the Moral Leadership of the Church in Wilhelmine Germany
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Christianity, Political Conservatism,and the Community of Believers: Adolf Stoecker and the Organization of the Believing Community
  2. pp. 19-44
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  1. 3. How to Honor the Bible: Martin Kähler’s Theological Views of the Bible and Ethics
  2. pp. 45-82
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  1. 4. Receiving the Ancient Beliefs in the Modern Day: Adolf Schlatter’s Life and Work
  2. pp. 83-140
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  1. 5. Views from the Kingdom of God: The Life and Preaching of Christoph Blumhardt
  2. pp. 141-182
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  1. 6. The Friends of Job: German Sermons, 1888–1914
  2. pp. 183-220
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  1. 7. Confident in Jesus’ Victory: Germany’s Protestant Clergy’s Spiritual Guidance during the First World War
  2. pp. 221-262
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  1. 8. Conclusion: The Relics of the First Modern Believing Theology
  2. pp. 263-268
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-283
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