Schleiermacher - On Religion

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jan 13 2012 2:05 PM

Looking through the Logos catalog showed a very significant omission, namely the "Father of Liberal Theology", Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher, who burst onto the scene with this book back in 1799.  He was a pious pastor who was in a literary circle with German Romantics who had difficulty understanding how such a progressive young man could be a churchman.  They persuaded him to write a book about it, here it is.  In many ways it is an Apology to Christianity in the language of the Enlightenment.  He quotes no biblical texts, and yet some themes are there.

A danger in just about any Apologetic writing is that you kinda go too far into the strange territory and your description of Christianity comes off as less than complete.  Many have said this about Schleiermacher.  The way he talks is fairly strange to me now, even if it was helpful for me many years ago.  I now have a knee-jerk reaction to his reduction of Religion to "feeling", and yet there are things that I think we can still hear with merit.  On thing that sticks with me is his critique of those who poo-poo individual religion in the name of some artificial constructed thing that tries to encompass all religions.

This natural religion, then, does not unite its religious elements by one definite view and is no definite religious form, no proper individual representation of religion. Those who profess it have in its territory no definite dwelling, but are strangers whose home, if indeed they have any, must be elsewhere. They remind one of the thin and dispersed mass said to float between the worlds, which is here attracted by one and there by another, but not enough by any to be swept into its rotation.

Schleiermacher, F. D. E. On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers (232–233).

Whatever you think of him, he is a significant figure in Modern Church History, and his text is valuable.

This particular text is a hodgepodge.  I originally saw that it was on CCEL and just wanted a quick port over to docx.  But the CCEL version lacks the introduction from the original, even if it included references to it in the index.  So I ported over the introduction from Archive.org and Google Books (some of each). To get consistant page numbers, I did re-number the Forward supplied by CCEL.  In the 3rd German Edition, Schleiermacher included some Explaination notes to various parts of the text.  Following CCEL, they are footnotes in this.  Some are quite long - longer than can be shown in Logos 4.3.  From what I have seen of the Beta of 4.5, it includes a reading view that should be able to show these footnotes.

Converting the explaination to footnotes has the disadvantage of changing what page they are on.  I have not redone the index from the printed version, and so some page references go to nothing,

As a side note, I think that Scholarship of Islam has advanced beyond what is mentioned in the Introduction...

SDG

Ken McGuire

The Gospel is not ... a "new law," on the contrary, ... a "new life." - William Julius Mann

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 13 2012 3:40 PM

Excellent! Thank you, Ken. My housemate is reading this currently for a course on the History of Protestant Thought and has been talking about it to me, and it's always been something I thought I ought to read one of these days anyway.

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 16 2012 7:28 AM

Peace and Blessing and Joy in the Lord, Ken!

           You have shared the most wonderful files, Ken!   *smile*         I am grateful.  Just haven't had an opportunity yet to study and examine all of the files yet; however, I know my Pastor will be delighted when I share with him!                        Someday perhaps, this side of heaven even, I'll get to know a bit more about you!  *smile* 

                        Meanwhile, now and again, I say a few prayers of Thanksgiving for you and ask His Blessing upon you and your loved ones.

                                                                             Hebrews 12:1  Hebrews 12:2

                                                                          

Philippians 4:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand..........

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Michael Grigoni | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 13 2013 9:52 AM

We've just added the Friedrich Schleiermacher Collection (6 vols.) to community pricing. Please let others know! We'd like to get this into production as soon as possible.

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Don Awalt | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 13 2013 10:17 AM

Mike Grigoni:

We've just added the Friedrich Schleiermacher Collection (6 vols.) to community pricing. Please let others know! We'd like to get this into production as soon as possible.

 

FYI, "A Critical Essay on the Gospel of St. Luke" was previously published as part of the Classic Commentaries and Studies on Luke collection.

 

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George | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 13 2013 11:46 AM

Thank you!

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David J. Wilson | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 24 2013 6:34 PM

Don Awalt:

Mike Grigoni:

We've just added the Friedrich Schleiermacher Collection (6 vols.) to community pricing. Please let others know! We'd like to get this into production as soon as possible.

FYI, "A Critical Essay on the Gospel of St. Luke" was previously published as part of the Classic Commentaries and Studies on Luke collection.

 

In case you are searching for the "Critical Essay on the Gospel of Luke", should note that this was published with the author tag Anglicised as "Frederick" not the original Prussian "Friederick" of the other volumes in this collection.

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 26 2013 11:10 AM

David J. Wilson:
In case you are searching for the "Critical Essay on the Gospel of Luke", should note that this was published with the author tag Anglicised as "Frederick" not the original Prussian "Friederick" of the other volumes in this collection.

I've put this on the Metadata page.

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