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In this biography -- translated for the first time into English -- German theologian Oswald Bayer describes the life and work of journalist-theologian Johann Georg Hamann (1730–1788). At a time when it seemed that the forces of secularization were attempting to claim the future, Hamann churned out small publications aimed at undermining the Enlightenment zeitgeist, turningIn this biography -- translated for the first time into English -- German theologian Oswald Bayer describes the life and work of journalist-theologian Johann Georg Hamann (1730–1788). At a time when it seemed that the forces of secularization were attempting to claim the future, Hamann churned out small publications aimed at undermining the Enlightenment zeitgeist, turning its assumptions upside down and skewering its pretensions. Although largely forgotten until recent times, Hamann as radical dissenter -- whom Goethe called the "brightest man of his age" -- remains relevant today, as Bayer shows in this book....

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ISBN : 9780802866707
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Number of Pages : 254 Pages
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A Contemporary in Dissent: Johann Georg Hamann as Radical Enlightener Reviews

  • Mark
    2018-11-14 03:12

    As an informal student of Lutheran theology this book was a real treat. The setting up of the Bible as our story with the motif of Cain and Able and carried through is very clarifying to many notions/impressions that have been picked up over time.That the Bible is the "dictionary" which explains nature, life, our- selves; that which understands us and sets us in the context of all things, times, places, people and God himself in the Person of Christ resolves so many tensions of human existence that it could be wished that all men could know these things. On the same line the chapter on created time is stunning. What a blessing to know that in the recitation of the Word of God, say as in the liturgy and sacraments, we are outside(?)of time, ie time is collapsed or suspended and I am taken up into the whole blood washed multitude singing "holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who is and who was and is to come" eternity is and therefore exists at all points in what by reason is perceived as a linear reality. As the Word is present then eternity is present and time is escaped. This makes he book of Revelation really beautiful and precious. Also makes Luther's teaching on the Lord's Supper plausible: we are at the Great Supper of the Lamb,there with Christ and he here with us, for in the collapsing of time on the post of the spoken Word "here" and "there" cannot exist, all that remains is real presence. Does not this speak also to Calvin's "we ascend" to heaven at the Supper? This entry of eternity into the present by the promise of God in the Written Word is another thing altogether. This also projects itself I to the postulates of quantum theory. Oh how man would remove impediment of time! Matter is of no consequence, the universe is collapsed when God's Word is spoken, but alas his ears are stopped, he hears naught but what seeps out of his linear, time chained, introverted reasoning which springs only upward out of the Earth upon which he stands.Loved the whole book, would reread it in a heartbeat!As to ease of reading, it is not. I recommend reading the epilogue first to catch a glimpse of the work before getting into it.

  • Christopher Raffa
    2018-10-24 01:53

    I really don’t feel qualified to rate this book, simply because I probably only understood half of it, at best. Nonetheless, I slogged through it and I found some really great insights that I will continue to chew on and ponder.

  • Raully
    2018-10-23 21:48

    Very good information, but whether its the translation or the lecture-style format, it is not a clear read at times.