Die Quellen der Philosophie und Phänomenologie der Religion- Sources of the Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion
Überlegungen zu Rudolf Ottos "Das Heilige</I> - Considerations on Rudolf Otto’s "The Holy</I>
Edited By Dominika Jacyk-Manikowska
The aim of this work is to outline the sources of philosophy and phenomenology of religion in the perspective of several discussions focused on Rudolf Otto’s The Holy. Taking into account the new methods of analyzing religious experience these deliberations concern the genesis of contemporary tendencies predominating in the philosophy of religion and also describe the influence of The Holy.
Andreas Hahn, Rudolf Otto’s Explanation of the Holy –Towards an Evangelical Assessment 91
91 Andreas Hahn Rudolf Otto’s Explanation of the Holy – Towards an Evangelical Assessment The purpose of this essay is to show in what respects Rudolf Otto’s explanation of the Holy might be an interesting topic of research in particular for evangelical theologians, who do not seem to have en- gaged with him directly on a larger scale so far. The paper will touch upon specific observations in Otto’s approach which may serve as an incentive for further study. After giving a short working definition of ”evangelical“, I will address the question why evangelicals have not dealt with Otto directly. Then I would like to address two points of likely dissent between evangelicalism and Otto’s approach, namely the question of the nature of religious truth and Otto’s Christology. Finally, I will try to formulate what evangelicals might learn from Otto. 1 What is “evangelicalism“? Evangelicalism is sometimes confused with Protestantism as such, e.g. when in the English language the German ”evangelisch“, me- aning ”Protestant“, is translated as ”evangelical“. Whereas evange- licalism is a movement predominantly to be found in Protestantism, it is not confined to this sphere. Because it permeates different chur- ches, it could best be defined by certain theological convictions and practical emphases which distinguish it also from mainstream Pro- testantism. Various proposals have been made as to these empha- ses.1 I list the ones given by Friedhelm Jung in his dissertation on 1 See John Stott, who distinguishes evangelicalism also from fundamentalism, in his Evangelical Truth: A Personal...
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