Friedrich Schleiermacher has been simultaneously derided and applauded as the origin of modern Mainline Protestantism. His On Religion, published in 1799, is one of the books that church historians have identified as the fount of Protestant liberalism. The next series of postings will be centered around my reading of this text.
I have never directly encountered Schleiermacher. Although the portrayal of him at my conservative seminary is one of utter contempt, I’ve often found his ideas under criticism at the seminary to be somewhat compelling. I will be reading and responding to the 1955 Frederick Ungar Publishing Company edition, which is a translation by John Oman.