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12:465-96. For an excellent study of the influence of romanticism upon Hecker’s thought, see William LeRoy Portier, “Providential Nation: An Historical Introduction 39 an attempt to synthesize or harmonize the inner, subjective religious yearnings and aspirations of the individual and the human community with their outward and objective revelations and realizations. The theological point de départ for Hecker was no longer reason, authority, or history, as it was for scholastic apologetics, but the religious wants, needs, and experiences of the individual.

Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1972), 583-632; Paul Tillich, Perspectives on 19th and 20th Century Protestant Theology (New York: Harper and Row, Publisher, 1967), 71-135; Jacques Barzun, Classic, Romantic and Modern (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1975); Alexander Dru, The Contribution of German Catholicism (New York: Hawthorn Books, 1963), 27-92; James Hastings Nichols, Romanticism in American Theology: Nevin and Schaff at Mercersburg (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961); Harold P.

12:465-96. For an excellent study of the influence of romanticism upon Hecker’s thought, see William LeRoy Portier, “Providential Nation: An Historical Introduction 39 an attempt to synthesize or harmonize the inner, subjective religious yearnings and aspirations of the individual and the human community with their outward and objective revelations and realizations. The theological point de départ for Hecker was no longer reason, authority, or history, as it was for scholastic apologetics, but the religious wants, needs, and experiences of the individual.

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