Otto’s Contribution to the Concept of Holiness

Melissa Raphael

in Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269328
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683602 | DOI:
Otto’s Contribution to the Concept of Holiness

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One of the tasks in German theology was to seek for the essence of religion. Otto contributed to such endeavours as he aimed to account for the religious factor differentiated from the rational and moral factors in religious experience. As we have already been able to establish the context of Otto's work in the previous chapter, we now outline the fundamental thesis of the concept of holiness in The Idea of the Holy. In this chapter, the author attempts to capture the popular appeal that the book acquired in Germany after the First World War, then goes on to evaluate the originality of Otto's position through looking into his major influences. In spite of how Otto's work had acquired scholarly neglect, we examine how he was able to influence a number of theologians.

Keywords: German theology; religious experience; religious factor; holiness; originality; theologians

Chapter.  9103 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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