Christ, History, and the Reign of God in Schleiermacher's Dogmatics
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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The work of Friedrich Schleiermacher has experienced a revival of interest overthe last few decades. Research centers and scholarly associations in Germanyand the United States have produced new critical editions and translationsof his writings that o er considerably greater access to the manifold areas ofhis thought. Recent German and Anglophone studies have also opened new...
Diverging Theological Paths
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Friedrich Schleiermacher developed his theology amidst a period of widespreadcultural and intellectual transformation. His adult life, spanning from theclosing decades of the eighteenth century through the rst third of thenineteenth, coincided with a time of tremendous artistic, literary, andphilosophical creativity as well as rapid and unsettling change. The unique...
Rationalizing the Supernatural
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The turn of the nineteenth century began an era of signi cant upheaval inEurope. The optimism and con dence in reason that characterized the lateeighteenth century gave way to a period of crisis and revolution in the decadesthat followed. While in France this unrest took a political form, Germany?srevolution was at its deepest root wissenschaftlich, an upheaval in the operations...
Charting an Alternative
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The con ict between Rationalism and Supranaturalism provides an importantglimpse into the context of Schleiermacher?s dogmatic thought. This ongoingcontroversy outlined the terms and concepts that dominated theologicaldiscussions of the time and served as the backdrop against which he woulddevelop his own theological system. Equally important for grasping the speci c...
The Distinctive Shape of Christian Thought
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Schleiermacher?s principal dogmatic work, his Glaubenslehre, or Christian Faith,occupies a curious position in modern religious thought. It has been hailed as aclassic and lauded as among the most important works of Protestant theology,with even his critics regarding the work as a monumental achievement.3 Yet1. F. D. E. Schleiermacher, On the Glaubenslehre: Two Letters to Dr. L?cke, trans. James Duke and Francis...
The Contingency of Grace
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In the complex organizational structure of Christian Faith?s introduction as wellas in the propositions comprising its rst part, Schleiermacher begins an inquiryinto the proper theological content re ected in Christian piety. Yet the taskof properly setting forth this content is reserved for the second part of thework, which describes the character of distinctive Christian self-consciousness...
The Distinctive Shape of Christian Action
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Schleiermacher?s lectures on Christliche Sittenlehre, or Christian Ethics, comprisethe practical side of his dogmatics and o er an important complement to theteachings of his Christian Faith. Alongside the latter?s multi-tiered re ectionson the character of distinctively Christian thought, Christian Ethics investigatesthe developing forms of distinctively Christian action. Though un nished,...
Divine Grace and the Historical Unfolding of Christian Action
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Schleiermacher?s Christian Ethics. These lectures treat the Christian life as adistinctive form of historical human action resulting from the original in uenceof the Redeemer. Distinctively Christian action is grounded in Christ?sredemptive activity, and this activity endures in Christian community as thee caciousness of the divine Spirit. The characteristic threefold structure of...
Conclusion: Historically Embedded Grace
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Writing several decades after Schleiermacher?s death, the prominent theologianand biblical scholar David Friedrich Strauss o ered a noteworthy criticism ofhis former teacher?s thought on the relationship of Christ to history. DespiteSchleiermacher?s claims to combine Christian faith with critical scholarlyinquiry and a thoroughly historical method, Strauss notes, one miracle...
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Emerging Scholars
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