Troeltsch and the Many Christs

Sarah Coakley

in Christ without Absolutes

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263746
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682643 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Troeltsch and the Many Christs

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Troeltsch can say, for instance, that the Church can interpret the picture of Christ in practical proclamation very freely and flexibly, using everything that flowed into him and everything which in the course of thousands of years has been accommodated and loved in him. But how is this flexibility to coexist with Troeltsch's insistence on the need to know about the ‘historical Jesus’? This chapter examines the other side to Troeltsch's Christology, which consists of what Troeltsch calls his ‘Christ-mysticism’: his willingness to accept an apparently infinite plurality of Christological interpretations imaginatively and ‘lovingly’ projected onto Jesus.

Keywords: Christology; Christ-mysticism; earthly Jesus; New Testament

Chapter.  11104 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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