Ernst Troeltsch's Essay on "Socialism"

Journal of Religious Ethics 4 (1):159 - 180 (1976)


Ernst Troeltsch's essay on socialism presents a summary account of his views on the prospects for a socialist economic order within the Weimar Republic. Troeltsch attempts to formulate a compromise that incorporates the proposals of both social conservatism and communism. Such a compromise, he insists, is possible on the basis of a realistic assessment of socialism supported by "an act of faith in the future" based upon explicitly religious resources. This essay is significant not only in relation to the "religious socialism" then discussed in Germany, but also for the development of "political theology" today.

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