By John W. Rogerson

W.M.L. de Wette (1780-1849) used to be not just one of many founders of contemporary outdated testomony feedback. His loss and restoration of Christian religion, his dismissal from his submit in Berlin in 1819 on political grounds and his lengthy next exile in Basel left their mark upon his paintings in New testomony ethics, dogmatics and aesthetics. this primary sleek serious examine of de Wette's lifestyles and paintings evaluates his achievements within the context of his personal instances and asesses their significance on sleek biblical students.

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29-30. 2. Beitrage, II, pp. 79-80. 3. Beitrage, II, p. 84. 4. Beitrage, II, p. 90. 5. Beitrage, II, p. 52. 6. Beitrage, II, p. 279. 7. Beitrage, II, p. 385ff. 2. Jena 1799-1807 55 The conclusions of Volume II of the Beitrdge echo what we have heard in the Auffoderung :the value of the Pentateuch lies not in its witness to history but in its witness to religion. 1 Thus, as already emphasized, it is not a hard rationalism that is at the heart of de Wette's attempt to show that hardly anything in the Pentateuch is authentic at the level of history.

Beitrage, II, pp. 79-80. 3. Beitrage, II, p. 84. 4. Beitrage, II, p. 90. 5. Beitrage, II, p. 52. 6. Beitrage, II, p. 279. 7. Beitrage, II, p. 385ff. 2. Jena 1799-1807 55 The conclusions of Volume II of the Beitrdge echo what we have heard in the Auffoderung :the value of the Pentateuch lies not in its witness to history but in its witness to religion. 1 Thus, as already emphasized, it is not a hard rationalism that is at the heart of de Wette's attempt to show that hardly anything in the Pentateuch is authentic at the level of history.

5. Kant, Streit, pp. 42-47. Kant, Streit, pp. 53-57. Kant, Streit, p. 46. Kant, Streit, p. 41. Kant, Streit, p. 67. 30 WML. de Wette of course, what Kant said was not new. 1 Thus, Christianity can have no mysteries and reason is the ultimate arbiter. 2 But if Kant's viewpoint was in some senses not new, it was presented with a sincerity and power of conviction that can still be sensed nearly 200 years later. It is not necessary to accept Kant's definition of religion in order to agree with the common sense lightness of some of his views.

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