Friedrich Schleiermacher: Pioneer of Modern Theology

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Fortress Press, Jan 1, 1991 - Religion - 281 pages
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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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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
MAIN THEMES IN SCHLEIERMACHERS THEOLOGY
35
SELECTED TEXTS
66
THE DISTINCTIVENESS OF CHRISTIANITY REDEMPTION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
108
THEOLOGY AS REFLECTION AND COMMUNICATION
124
HERMENEUTICS CONVERSATION WITH HISTORY
157
GOD AND THE WORLD
172
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
195
NATION CHURCH AND STATE
235
CHRISTIANITY AND THE RELIGIONS
254
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
277
NOTES
279
INDEX
280
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Page 16 - Here it was that for the first time I awoke to the consciousness of the relations of man to a higher world. Here it was that that mystic tendency developed itself, which has been of so much importance to me, and has supported and carried me through all the storms of skepticism.

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Keith Clements is a Baptist minister and Coordinating Secretary for International Affairs, Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland. His teaching and research is mainly in modern theology and church history.

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