David Strauss

1808 - 1874

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David Friedrich Strauss (German: Strauß [ˈdaːvɪt ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ʃtʁaʊs]; 27 January 1808 – 8 February 1874) was a German liberal Protestant theologian and writer, who influenced Christian Europe with his portrayal of the "historical Jesus", whose divine nature he explored via myth. Strauss conceived of myths as expressions of Truths, as opposed to the modern shorthand of myth for "falsity"- Strauss did not deny Jesus' divine nature. His work was connected to the Tübingen School, which revolutionized study of the New Testament, early Christianity, and ancient religions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Strauss has received more than 308,008 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia. David Strauss is the 339th most popular philosopher (down from 322nd in 2019), the 743rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 719th in 2019) and the 48th most popular German Philosopher.

David Strauss was a German philosopher who is most famous for his book "The Life of Jesus Critically Examined" in which he argued that the Bible should not be taken literally.

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Among philosophers, David Strauss ranks 339 out of 1,267Before him are Asanga, Thrasymachus, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, A. S. Neill, Lev Shestov, and Anne Sullivan. After him are Guan Zhong, Aenesidemus, Francisco de Vitoria, Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi, Uriel da Costa, and Richard Rorty.

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Among people born in 1808, David Strauss ranks 14Before him are Emir Abdelkader, Jefferson Davis, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, Gérard de Nerval, Thomas Cook, and Johann Gustav Droysen. After him are Maria Malibran, Mohammad Shah Qajar, Carl Spitzweg, Solomon Northup, Wilhelm Weitling, and Princess Louise of Prussia. Among people deceased in 1874, David Strauss ranks 6Before him are Anders Jonas Ångström, Millard Fillmore, Jules Michelet, Adolphe Quetelet, and François Guizot. After him are Johann Philipp Reis, Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria, Josiah Warren, Marià Fortuny, Maria Teresa, Princess of Beira, and Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller.

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Among people born in Germany, David Strauss ranks 743 out of 7,253Before him are Gudrun Burwitz (1929), Harald Schumacher (1954), Georg von Frundsberg (1473), John William Friso, Prince of Orange (1687), Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1750), and Maria Anna of Bavaria (1805). After him are Günter Schabowski (1929), Erich Priebke (1913), Maria Barbara Bach (1684), Johann Martin Schleyer (1831), Arthur Nebe (1894), and Christopher Clavius (1538).


Among philosophers born in Germany, David Strauss ranks 48Before him are Carl Gustav Hempel (1905), Rudolf Bultmann (1884), Rudolf Otto (1869), Moritz Schlick (1882), Moses Hess (1812), and Hermann Cohen (1842). After him are Wilhelm Windelband (1848), Gershom Scholem (1897), Leo Strauss (1899), Karl Rahner (1904), Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann (1842), and Christian Thomasius (1655).