Schleiermacher (1768 – 1834) was the most important Protestant theologian to appear after the Reformers. He is also the most misunderstood. His work helped spark the movement of ‘liberalism.’ Yet, the movement turned away from basic insights of its progenitor. Why? This course investigates this question from Schleiermacher’s perspective (via text-based analysis of some of his major theological works) and from the perspective of his critics. His texts on religion, Christ, humanity, and the relation of Christianity to modernity still speak today. Close readings of selected texts by Schleiermacher will be complemented by discussion of his life and times, and student research on his critics.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Theology (T-300) or equivalent.