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The Swiss theologian Adolf Keller (1872–1963) was the leading ecumenist on the European continent between the two world wars. In this book the historian Marianne Jehle-Wildberger delineates the achievements of his life. Based on research in forty archives in Europe and the United States, a picture emerges that shows a remarkable man who was a personal friend of Karl Barth, Carl Jung, Thomas Mann, and Albert Schweitzer – and thus who was influenced by the spiritual tendencies of the twentieth century. Keller cooperated closely with the National Council of Churches and his Central Bureau of Relief in Geneva (Inter-Church Aid) was supported by American churches. His lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary on 'Religion and Revolution' (1933) – in which he was one of the first commentators to denounce National Socialism in Germany – set a new standard of political discussion and are unsurpassed. Translated into English by Mark Kyburz and John Peck, Marianne Jehle-Wildbergers's book is an important contribution to twentieth-century church history and to the history of the twentieth century in general.
The Swiss theologian Adolf Keller was the leading ecumenist on the European continent between the two world wars. In this book the historian Marianne Jehle-Wildberger delineates his life and its achievements. Based on research in forty archives in Europe and the United States, a picture emerges that shows a wonderful man who was a personal friend oft Karl Barth, C. G. Jung, Thomas Mann, and Albert Schweitzer--and thus who was influenced by the spiritual tendencies of the twentieth century. Keller cooperated closely with the National Council of Churches. His Central Bureau of Relief in Geneva (Inter-Church Aid) was supported by American churches. His lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary on "Religion and Revolution" (1933)--in which he was one of the first commentators to denounce National Socialism in Germany--set a new standard of political discussion and are unsurpassed. Marianne Jehle-Wildbergers' book is an important contribution to twentieth-century church history and to the history of the twentieth century in general.
Jung's correspondence with one of the twentieth century's leading theologians and ecumenicists On Theology and Psychology brings together C. G. Jung's correspondence with Adolf Keller, a celebrated Protestant theologian who was one of the pioneers of the modern ecumenical movement and one of the first religious leaders to become interested in analytical psychology. Their relationship spanned half a century, and for many years Keller was the only major religious leader to align himself with Jung and his ideas. Both men shared a lifelong engagement with questions of faith, and each grappled with God in his own distinctive way. Presented here in English for the first time are letters that provide a rare look at Jung in dialogue with a theologian. Spanning some fifty years, these letters reveal an extended intellectual and spiritual discourse between two very different men as they exchange views on the nature of the divine, the compatibility of Jungian psychology and Christianity, the interpretation of the Bible and figures such as Jesus and Job, and the phenomenon of National Socialism. Although Keller was powerfully attracted to Jung's ideas, his correspondence with the famed psychiatrist demonstrates that he avoided discipleship. Both men struggled with essential questions about human existence, spirituality, and well-being, and both sought common ground where the concerns of psychologists and theologians converge. Featuring an illuminating introduction by Marianne Jehle-Wildberger, On Theology and Psychology offers incomparable insights into the development of Jung's views on theology and religion, and a unique window into a spiritual and intellectual friendship unlike any other.
The starting point of this volume is that the LWF, the successor body to the short-lived Lutheran World Convention, was established on "four pillars" - rescue for the needy, common initiatives in mission, joint efforts in theology, and a common response to the ecumenical challenge. The volume traces what has happened to this founding vision by means of penetrating surveys of eight themes of service, mission, theology, ecclesiology, ecumenics, inclusiveness, and political and social justice as they have unfolded in Federation history. Most fundamental, as the title of the book indicates, has been the maturing of the LWF's self-understanding from a "free association of Lutheran churches" to a "communion of churches." New theological, ecclesiological, missionary, and sociopolitical insights concerning global and ecumenical Lutheranism emerge as the twentieth-century history of the international communion of Lutheran churches is recounted, celebrated, and evaluated in From Federation to Communion. The volume includes a Handbook of the Lutheran World Federation, which reviews eight LWF assemblies and presents concise biographies of Federation presidents and general secretaries.
The Swiss theologian's career, personality as well as his thought are revealed in detail in a biography based on his own correspondence and notes
Der Theologe Adolf Keller war eine facettenreiche Persönlichkeit: ein Pionier der ökumenischen Bewegung, Initiator und lange Zeit prägende Persönlichkeit des Schweizerischen Evangelischen Kirchenbundes, Leitungsfigur im kirchlichen Hilfs- und Flüchtlingswesen und schliesslich: ein ungemein begnadeter Netzwerker. Die Beiträge des Symposions, das Kirchenbund und Theologischen Fakultät Basel aus Anlass seines 50. Todestags im September 2013 veranstaltet haben, greifen die Frage nach Auftrag und Ort der Kirche in Kellers Wirken auf. Sie leisten so einen Beitrag zur Erforschung der Geschichte des Kirchenbundes und der kirchlichen, vorwiegend humanitär ausgerichteten internationalen Beziehungen. Mit Beiträgen von Emidio Campi, Stefan Grotefeld, Dagmar Heller, Martin Ernst Hirzel, Marianne Jehle-Wildberger, Natasha Klukach, Harald Matern und Martin Wallraff.