Rothe, Richard

Rothe, Richard, an eminent German divine, was born at Poseh, Jan. 28, 1799, and became successively member, professor, director, and ephorus of the Theological Seminary of Wittenberg. He was for five years chaplain of the Prussian embassy at Rome, conducted a theological seminary at Heidelberg for twelve years, and was a professor of theology at Bonn and Heidelberg, where he died, Aug. 20, 1867. His religious views are tinged with the philosophy of Schleiermacher and Hegel. He published, Die Anfange der christlichen Kirche und ihre Verfassung (1837): — Zur Dogmatik (1863): — and Theologische Ethik (1845-48, 3 vols.; revised by Holtzman, 1867- 71, 5 vols., with the author's posthumous notes). Since his death there have appeared his university lectures, Dogmatik (1870); essays, Stille Stunden (1872), and his lectures on Church history (1875, edited by Weingarten). For the best account of his life, see Nippold, Richard Rothe (Wittenberg, 1873). See also the Studien und Kritiken, 1869, No. 3; Meth. Quar. Rev. July, 1872; Bib. Sacra, July and Oct. 1874. SEE ETHICS.

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