Appreciations of Rosenstock-Huessy

Appreciations of Rosenstock-Huessy

Reinhold Niebuhr on Out of Revolution

"Really a remarkable book, full of profound insights into the meaning of modern European history. I have not read a book in a long time which is so imaginative in relating the various economic, religious and political forces at play in modern history, to each other. Ordinary historical interpretations are pale and insipid in comparison with it."

Stewart Brand on Out of Revolution

"The author...is personal, passionate, deeply unconventional, and, I'm convinced, deeply right. For him history proceeds by its national revolutions, its passionate self-encounters that bind past and future and startle the world system to renewed life. I've never met a book that was so biological, and so biologically moral."

Martin Buber

"The historical nature of man is the aspect of reality about which we have been basically and emphatically instructed in the epoch of thought beginning with Hegel...Rosenstock-Huessy has concretized this teaching in so living a way as no other thinker before him has done."

Walter J. Ong, S. J.

"The sweeping historical insights of Rosenstock-Huessy are some of the sharpest and freshest our age has known. His deep historical and religious penetration of the Old World past is joined to a rare understanding of the profundities of the American experience and of the human aspects of technology. Both a tirelessly critical spirit and an unquenchable hope suffuse his thought in The Christian Future as elsewhere. He has had the foresight to be an ecumenicist even before the ecumenical age."

Lewis Mumford

"Rosenstock-Huessy's is a powerful and original mind. What is most important in his work is the understanding of the relevance of traditional values to a civilization still undergoing revolutionary transformations; and this contribution will gain rather than lose significance in the future."

W. H. Auden

"Rosenstock-Huessy has uncovered many truths hidden from his predecessors... Whatever he may have to say about God, Man, the World, Time, etc., Rosenstock-Huessy always starts out from his own experience as a human-being, who must pass through successive stages between birth and death, learning something essential from each of them."

Harvey Cox

"It is unfortunate that Rosenstock-Huessy's thought has been so overlooked. For years he has been concerned with many of the same things theologians are grappling with today, that is, the meaning of speech, the question of hermeneutics, the problem of secularization, and the disappearance of a sense of the transcendent in modern life. Rosenstock-Huessy's thought is becoming more and more central to the theological conversation as the interest in secularization and the relationship of theology to secular categories continues to grow."

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