In this special collection, the second of two volumes, Hans Frei (1922-1988) reflects on such thinkers as Emmanuel Kant, Karl Barth and Richard Niebuhr. An anthology that portrays a wide range of theological subjects, Reading Faithfully demonstrates the full capacity of Frei’s analytical gifts. Through letters, lectures, book reviews, and other writings (many of them previously unavailable in print), the richness of his thinking and his unique perspective on the history of biblical hermeneutics is revealed.
Alongside Volume I, this is an invaluable resource that provides new insights into the nature and implications of Frei’s work. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the development of religious thought and understanding.
1. Lessing and the Religious Use of Irony
2. Kant and the Transcendence of Rationalism and Religion
3. Niebuhr’s Theological Background
4. The Theology of H. Richard Niebuhr
5. Analogy and the Spirit in the Theology of Karl Barth
6. German Theology: Transcendence and Secularity
Endorsements and Reviews
Hans Frei was probably the greatest American theologian of the twentieth century, and his thought has if anything grown in importance since then. This superbly edited collection of mostly unpublished material distils key points of his thinking on major issues of Christian truth, biblical interpretation, and how best to do theology. It is rigorous, persuasive, and above all wise, and succeeds remarkably in being able at the same time not only to introduce Frei attractively to a new generation but also to draw deeper those who know him well.
David F. Ford, Cambridge University