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Ritschl, Albrecht (1822–1889)

  1. Todd Green

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1174

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Green, T. 2011. Ritschl, Albrecht (1822–1889). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Arguably the most influential German theologian of the late 19th century. Ritschl began teaching at Bonn in 1846. He initially lectured and published on the New Testament, but in the 1850s his interests shifted, first to church history and then gradually to systematic theology. In 1864, he accepted the chair at Göttingen where he remained until his death.


  • Ritschl, Albrecht (1822–1889);
  • kingdom of God, theme in Ritschl's thought;
  • rise of dialectical theology;
  • the “unfinished reformation” of the 16th century;
  • theology of the church, rejection of natural theology