After the experience in London Hamann’s passionate concern is this “one single truth” (Jesus Christ as the light of life), which is presupposed in everything he wrote. However this concern does not take place in a vacuum. The context is philosophy, specifically the philosophy of the Enlightenment. Hamann sees himself as one upon whom the task of Luther had devolved, — except that whereas for Luther the true theologian must distinguish and relate the Gospel and the Law, for the modern Christian thinker the problem is the Gospel and Philosophy. The same issue of the Reformation has returned, — except in different form.


Critical Philosophy Single Truth Protestant Theology Christian Thinker Theological Language 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. M. Alexander
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  1. 1.St. Andrews CollegeCanada

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