The Idea of the Holy
Since the English translation first appeared in 1923, Rudolf Otto's volume has established itself as a classic in the field of religious philosophy. It offers an in-depth inquiry into the non-rational factor in the idea of the divine and its relation to the rational.
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I decided to read The Idea of the Holy by Rudolf Otto when I saw that it was on C.S. Lewis' top-ten list of books that influenced him, reasoning that if it was good enough for Lewis, it was probably ... Read full review
Rudolf Otto's "Idea of the Holy" is, indeed, a classic piece of religious philosophy from the early 20th century. Unfortunately, Otto is not widely read or studied in US classrooms today--especially at the graduate level. In part it could be because John Harvey's translation is the only English translation available of "Das Heilige," and it is absolutely atrocious. Harvey's translation pays no attention to Otto's blatant use of relative pronouns, extended adjectival phrases and the passive voice. When you read this translation you cannot trust that it accurately conveys what Otto put down in words. Instead, I would suggest looking for a good commentary, but make sure that the authors are translating the text for themselves. Otherwise, brush up on your German and bust out a dictionary cause you will need it if you want to translate Otto on you own. (Otto deserves at least three stars, and probably four, but Harvey deserves no more than two.)