Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ernst Troeltsch on the Historical Method and Biblical Scholarship

April DeConick points to a new article by Gerd Lüdemann with the following superscription:
The historical method, once it is applied to biblical scholarship and church
history, is a leaven which transforms everything and which finally causes the
form of all previous theological methods to disintegrate. Give historical
method your little finger and it will take your whole hand.
—Ernst Troeltsch

Update: For an illustration, see John Hobbins's fascinating interview with Alan Lenzi at

The article, "Acts of Impropriety: The Imbalance of History and Theology in Luke-Acts" (TJT 24.1 [2008]: 65-79), is available on Lüdemann's website here.

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