Protestantism and Progress: A Historical Study of the Relation of Protestantism to the Modern World

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Troeltsch seeks to determine how much the "Modern Spirit" of the early twentieth century actually owed to Protestantism. Troeltsch then proceeds to a comparison between the essential spirit of Protestantism and the Modern Spirit. The book focuses on the practical: ethical, political, and economic.

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Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923) was a German Protestant theologian whose most famous contributions were in theology, social ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of history, and sociology of religion. His writings include The Christian Faith and The Absoluteness of Christianity and the History of Religions.

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“[T]he reissue . . . of this important essay should be celebrated by sociologists, theologians and religious studies specialists alike. As even this slim volume attests, Troeltsch was far more than “the most eminent sociologically oriented historian of Western Christianity: described by Talcott Parsons. Like his sometime colleague and friend, Max Weber, his concern was nothing less than the destiny of Humanity in the Modern Age. . . . Troeltsch was also an heir of both Hegel and Schleiermacher, whose influences may readily be discerned in his analysis of religion, society, and culture. . . . Troeltsch makes an eloquent case for the independence (literally “self-standingness”) of religion in opposition to a perspective 'which cannot believe in the spontaneity and originality of religious ideas and supposes that the only way to understand them is to unmask behind them the profane force . . . to which the action is really due.'”

—Roger O’Toole, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

“In a noteworthy study . . . translated into English, Professor Troeltsch, of Heidelberg, has made the attempt to untangle some of the threads which are woven into the structure of modern Protestantism. . . . Troeltsch shows that while original Protestantism had no intention of so altering civilization as to promote the secular freedom which it now champions, it was nevertheless indirectly responsible for allowing free play to the movements which have made up our modern world. . . . [Troeltsch] make[s] the suggestive distinction between Luther’s goal and the way in which Luther sought to reach the goal. . . . The foremost duty confronting Protestantism today is to understand the situation confronting us so as to concentrate attention on the actual task before us.”

—Gerald B. Smith, The Biblical World

“Professor Troeltsch, in a preface to this translation, states concisely his aim. He sets himself to inquire what are the elements in modern civilization which have proved their value, in distinction from those which lead nowhere. He holds that these possibilities of progress are to be found in Protestantism, and he examines the modern spirit to determine how much it owes to Protestantism and how much to other sources.”

—Frederic Palmer, The Harvard Theological Review

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