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Albrecht Ritschl (1822-1889) was a German Protestant theologian and historian. He was one of the most important liberal theologians of his time. His theology is often labeled as "moral value" as it focused on the ethical implications and their relevance for the witness of the church. Furthermore, he rejected all natural theology, mysticism, and metaphysics due to his belief that theology must focus on ethical issues.

Ritschl's theology attracted other theologians as well, including Wilhelm Herrmann and Adolf von Harnack.

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Select publications

  • The Christian Doctrine of Justification and Reconciliation: The Positive development of the Doctrine, 3 vols (1870-74; T&T Clark, 1902)
  • Instruction in the Christian Religion (1875)
  • Theology and Metaphysics (1881)
  • History of Pietism, 3 vols (1880-86)


  • Albert Temple Swing, The Theology Of Albrecht Ritschl: Together With Instruction In The Christian Religion. Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2006.
  • James Richmond, Ritschl: A Reappraisal; A Study in Systematic Theology. Collins, 1978.
  • David L. Mueller, An Introduction to the Theology of Albrecht Ritschl. Westminster Press, 1969.

See also

  • Theological liberalism

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