During the tumultuous twentieth century, moral theologians have felt compelled to turn away from ahistorical philosophical abstractions as they have explored their moral concerns. This turn to history has been as important in Western culture as the turn to the subject was in the work of Kant and his immediate successors. Stimulated by the interest in history that has characterized modern culture as well as by Schell, Scheler, Guardini, and the general philosophical and theological interest in distilling the meaning of “person,” perceptive German theologians saw that doing theology properly meant explicitly turning to events and bringing about the nexus of theory and praxis.