Friedrich Schleiermacher: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism

Friedrich Schleiermacher: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism

Friedrich Schleiermacher's groundbreaking work in theology and philosophy was forged in the cultural ferment of Berlin at the convergence of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. The three sections of this book include illuminating sketches of Schleiermacher's relationship to contemporaries, his work as a public theologian, as well as the formation and impact of his two most famous books, On Religion and The Christian Faith. Richard Crouter's essays examine the theologian's stance regarding the status of doctrine, church and political authority, and the place of theology among the academic disciplines.


“The nuanced positions of the man in the context of his times are well presented and critically considered in this collection. Highly recommended.”

"Crouter's treatment of these major works is engaging, and his deft handling of many of Schleiermacher's less-known writings further illuminates the subject of these essays."
-Forrest Clingerman, Ohio Northern University

"(A)nyone with a taste for thoughtful reflection and well-crafted prose will find reading these 11 essays a delight."
-Robert W. Whalen, Queens University, German Studies Review

"This collection testifies to the power of elegant and seminal essays. Crouter has painted a richly detailed and subtle portrait of a Schleiermacher rarely seen in the anglophone world...This collection should be required reading for anyone- specialist or passing acquaintance. friend or foe- who thinks she or he understands Schleiermacher...they are illuminating and invaluable essays."
-Julia A. Lamm, Theological Studies

"[Richard Crouter] is blessed with a gift for clear, elegant prose. Anyone wishing to find a completely reliable guide to Schleiermacher's achievement cannot afford to pass by this book. Crouter deserves highest praise for setting the historical record straight as well as opening up new vistas of interpretation for students of modern theology."
-Paul E. Capetz, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minnesota, Interpretation

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