Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Johann Sebastian Drey. Mein Tagebuch Uber Philosophische, Theologische Und Historische Gegenstande, 1812-1817

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Johann Sebastian Drey. Mein Tagebuch Uber Philosophische, Theologische Und Historische Gegenstande, 1812-1817

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Johann Sebastian Drey. Mein Tagebuch ber Philosophische, Theologische und Historische Gegenstande, 1812-1817. Edited and introduced by Max Seckler. (Tubingen: Francke Verlag. 1997. Pp. LVII, 628. DM 164,-.)

Grounded in the developmental methodologies of German romantic and historical idealism, the Tubingen School of Theology (1817-1850) began formulating perspectives that have helped nurture the reforms of Vatican Council II. The founder, Johann Sebastian von Drey (1777-1853), left behind his fivevolume, unpublished Tagebuch (1812-1817) in the Wilhelmsstift in Tibingen. These papers have for the first time been fully edited by Professor Max Seckler. The Tagebuch makes clear that at the very inception of his career, Drey was committed to an organic conception of development as well as to the use of Schelling's philosophical and historical models.

Seckler's introduction has analyzed the earlier work on Drey and the T*bingen School, which was done by Karl Adam, Stephen Losch, and Josef Rupert Geiselmann. These earlier scholars had to demonstrate that the Tubingen theologians did not fall into the so-called "errors""of modernism, which viewed the historical and individualistic turn to subjectivity as a danger to the faith.

Excerpts of the Tagebuch were published by Geiselmann in 1940, but Seckler has advanced beyond this minimalist stage by organizing and editing Drey's material from all five volumes. Seckler's footnotes on Drey's sources and the inclusion of Drey's marginal comments can help the scholar understand the flow of Drey's thought in his early career. The Seckler edition contains material used in Drey's lectures, heterogeneous reflections, and the extended ruminations of his thought processes. Such material can help Drey scholars understand his mature commitment to the concept of the organic development of Catholic tradition with its ongoing comprehension of revelation. …

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