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Friedrich Schleiermacher: Pioneer of Modern Theology

Friedrich Schleiermacher: Pioneer of Modern Theology

Schleiermacher, a German theologian at the turn of the nineteenth century, is truly one of the masters of modern theology: he sought to rebuild Protestant theology in the wake of the Enlightenment and of Kant's destruction of traditional metaphysics. He was the founder of "liberal theology" with its emphasis on inner experience and the knowledge of God as mediated through history. This volume concentrates on the key texts and ideas in Schleiermacher's thought. It presents the essential Schleiermacher for students and the general reader. Keith Clements's introductory essay and notes on the selected texts set Schleiermacher in his historical context, chart the development of his thought and indicate the significance of this theology in the development of Christian theology as a whole. Substantial selections from Schleiermacher's work illustrate key themes:

  • Religion as feeling and relationship
  • The distinctiveness of Christianity: redemption through Jesus Christ
  • The nature of theology as reflection and communication
  • Hermeneutics: conversation with history
  • God and the world
  • The person and work of Christ
  • Nation, Church and State
  • Christianity and the religions
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800634018
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.44
  • Pages 290
  • Publication Date September 20, 1991

Table of Contents

List of selected texts

1. Schleiermacher in His Context
2. Main Themes in Schleiemacher's Theology

1. Religion as Feeling and Relationship
2. The Distinctiveness of Christianity: Redemption through Jesus Christ
3. Theology as Reflection and Communication
4. Hermeneutics: Conversation with History
5. God and the World
6. The Person and Work of Christ
7. Nation, Church, and State
8. Christianity and the Religions