"Mark R. Correll has recognized something that has eluded many historians - that theological ideas represent an untapped avenue of entry to the broader study of culture. Correll focuses his attention on a very central concern to Germans of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - the debated meaning of the 'word of God.' How to understand the WortGottes was more than an esoteric struggle between conservatives and liberal theologians - it was a dispute over German moral authority and identity in Bismarck's new empire." Frederick Gregory University of Florida "Books about German theology from 1888 to 1919 are usually about the legacy of the Ritschlian School. In this splendidly conceived, researched, and written book, Mark R. Correll helpfully reminds us that there was a formidable and interesting, though sometimes grievously flawed, conservative Protestant establishment during the heyday of Ritschl, Harnack, and Troeltsch." Gary Dorrien Union Theological Seminary "The protagonists of Mark R. Correll's insightful book deserve to be better known in the English-speaking world. Adolf Stoecker, Martin Kahler, Adolf Schlatter, and ChristophBlumhardt made up a loose, but significant, coalition of 'Bible theologians' who walked a tightrope between secularizing forces in the German academy and the pastoral demands of their Lutheran parishes. Correll is convincing both for why these pastors, theologians, and public intellectuals deserve to be valued more highly and for why the First World War did so much damage to their efforts. In a word, it is a fine book on an important subject." Mark A. Noll University of Notre Dame "The leaders of conservative Protestantism in Germany under the Kaiser tried to carve out a theology of the word of God suitable for believing Christians, but failed to transmit it to ordinary clergy. Mark R. Correll provides for the first time a clear and full account of this phase of conservative Christian history in the heartland of theological liberalism." David W. Bebbington University of Stirling "Mark Correll'sShepherds of the Empire is a well-researched and engaging historical inquiry, bringing to light facets of the German imperial past that have not received sufficient attention. Both historians and theologians, and anyone interested in the complex, fascinating relationship between religion and politics, will benefit from this important study." Thomas Albert (Tal) Howard Gordon College
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Mark R. Correll serves as chair of the history, political economy, geography, and social studies department and teaches European history at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He finished his dissertation at the University of Florida in 2006. His research interest is in modern Germany and especially its theology in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.