Early Theological Writings

Early Theological Writings

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This volume includes Hegel's most important early theological writings, though not all of the materials collected by Herman Nohl in his definitive Hegels theologische Jugendschriften (Tuebingen, 1907). The most significant omissions are a series of fragments to which Nohl give the general title "National Religion and Christianity" and the essay "Life of Jesus."
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Pennsylvania, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0812210220
  • 9780812210224
  • 424,225

Table of contents

Introduction: Hegel's Philosophical Development. By Richard Kroner


Part I. How Christianity Became the Positive Religion of a Church

1. Preface

2. Position of the Jewish Religion

3. Jesus

4. Whence Came the Positive Element in Christianity?

5. The Conception of a Sect

6. The Teaching of Jesus

7. Jesus Has Much To Say about His Own Individual Personality

8. Jesus Speaks of Himself as the Messiah

9. Miracles

10. The Positive Element Derived from the Disciples

11. The Disciples Contrasted with the Pupils of Socrates

12. The Number of Disciples Fixed at Twelve

13. The Disciples Sent Forth on Their Mission

14. The Resurrection and the Commands Given Thereafter

15. How the Teaching of Jesus Came To Be Interpreted in a Positive Sense

16. What Is Applicable in a Small Society Is Unjust in a State

17. Common Ownership of Goods

18. Equality

19. The Lord's Supper

20. Expansionism

21. How a Moral or Religious Society Grows into a State

22. Conflict between Church and State: (a) In Matters Affecting Civil Rights Generally

23. (b) In Matters Affecting Property

24. (c) In Matters Affecting Education

25. Two Incidental Remarks about Church and State Relations

26. The Ecclesiastical Contract: Representation and the Power of the Citizens in Matters of Doctrine

27. Contract with the State

28. Defense of the Faith

29. The Form Morality Must Acquire in a Church

30. The Rise of Sects Inevitable

Part II. Materials for a Continuation of Part I

1. "Is Judaea, Then, the Teutons' Fatherland?"

2. How Christianity Conquered Paganism

3. How a Disinclination for Military Service Helped the Success of Christianity

4. Miracles

Part III. Revised Form of Sections 1-4 of Part I

1. Preface

2. Judaism

3. Jesus


i. The Spirit of Judaism

ii. The Moral Teaching of Jesus: ([alpha]) The Sermon on the Mount Contrasted with the Mosaic Law and with Kant's Ethics

iii. The Moral Teaching of Jesus: ([beta]) Love as the Transcendence of Penal Justice and the Reconciliation of Fate

iv. The Religious Teaching of Jesus

v. The Fate of Jesus and His Church

III. LOVE. Tranlsated by T. M. Knox

IV. FRAGMENT OF A SYSTEM. Translated by Richard Kroner

Appendix. On Classical Studies. Translated by Richard Kroner

Bibliographical Note. By Richard Kroner

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"With the appearance of this book the English-speaking world will learn something at first hand of the genesis of Hegel's ideas, the dominant intellectual themes of his youth, and the struggle of his penetrating, comprehensive mind to achieve clarity."-Philosophical Review "In these youthful essays there appears a Hegel almost unknown to the textbooks-not the master theorizer but an existential thinker who at times can outexistentialize even Kierkegaard himself; not a monolithic rationalist but a brooding, perceptive romantic. The writer of these pages is no defender of 'The System''; he is more prophet than professor, and more seeker than seer."-Christian Century
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About G. W. F. Hegel

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) was perhaps the most systematic of the post-Kantian idealist German philosophers. T. M. Knox translated many of Hegel's works into English.
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