The Shift to Modernity: Christ and the Doctrine of Creation in the Theologies of Schleiermacher and Barth / Edition 1

The Shift to Modernity: Christ and the Doctrine of Creation in the Theologies of Schleiermacher and Barth / Edition 1

by Robert J. Sherman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0567028704

ISBN-13: 9780567028709

Pub. Date: 04/12/2005

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

The general goal of this book is to add one more voice to the growing chorus of opinion that the theologies of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Karl Barth may have far more in common that the many insistent assertions of the latter, or the partisans of either, would lead one to believe. While there can be no easy reconciliation of the differences which do in fact exist

Overview

The general goal of this book is to add one more voice to the growing chorus of opinion that the theologies of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Karl Barth may have far more in common that the many insistent assertions of the latter, or the partisans of either, would lead one to believe. While there can be no easy reconciliation of the differences which do in fact exist between these two figures, the book will argue that these differences do not always stem from irreconcilable starting points. This book will investigate one aspect of their theologies—the doctrine of Creation.

The thesis of the book asserts that both Barth and Schleiermacher take a Christological orientation to the doctrine of Creation. Approaching their theologies in this fashion allows them to solve the problem of maintaining dogmatic coherence and continuity with the Church's historic confessions while also meeting certain modern, external intellectual demands confronting those systems. To put it more sharply, this study claims that each uses Christ as the hermeneutical key for interpreting Creation, and that each does so in an effort to remain true to the faith handed down from the past while maintaining intellectual integrity in the present. This underlying connection perceptible in both Barth's and Schleiermacher's work forges one continuity between them and suggests that there may be certain fundamental similarities in their respective theologies in spite of other well-known differences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780567028709
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/12/2005
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction1
Defining Terms and the Task
Chapter 2The Character of Schleiermacher's Christologically Oriented Doctrine of Creation13
On What Does One Ground a Doctrine of Creation?
Schleiermacher's Christological Orientation
Reconciling Faith and Science
The Method of the Glaubenslehre
Schleiermacher's "Organic" Method
The Particularity of Christianity
Chapter 3The Character of Barth's Christologically Oriented Doctrine of Creation41
Neo-orthodox and Neo-orthodox
Barth's Response to Modernity
Barth's Christological Orientation
Chapter 4Confirmation from Barth's Doctrine of Creation75
Creation and Covenant
Christian Faith and Non-Christian Worldviews
Barth's Christological Anthropology
Conversations with Non-Christian Anthropologies
Chapter 5Confirmation from Barth's Doctrine of Providence and His Understanding of Evil93
The Christian Interpretation of History and the Natural Order
The World Does Not Interpret Itself
Interpreting Evil
Understanding Evil Christologically
Maintaining God's Omnipotence and Nature's Integrity
The "Shadow Side" as Natural
Chapter 6Confirmation from Schleiermacher's Doctrine of Creation117
Legitimating the Claim of a "Broader" Doctrine
The Connection and Distinction between Creation and Providence
Examining Schleiermacher's "Narrower" Doctrine
Angels, the Devil, and Historical Progress
Providence: The Start of the "Broader" Doctrine
Chapter 7More Confirmation from Schleiermacher's Understanding of Miracles, Evil, and Free Will141
On Understanding Miracles
On the World's Original Perfection
Understanding Evil
Interpreting Evil: The Influence of the Christian Telos
Understanding Human Freedom
Propositions [section]47, [section]48, and [section]49 and the Claims of This Book's Thesis
Chapter 8The Completion of Schleiermacher's Christological Orientation181
On the Unity of God's Activity and of The Christian Faith
Christ and the Christian Interpretation of Nature
Christ: The Determinant and Goal of History
Chapter 9Comparisons, Observations, and Concluding Comments on the Common Ground between Schleiermacher and Barth201
An Overview of the Argument of This Book and the Evidence Found
Conclusions about Methodological Similarities
Content Similarities: Christ as the Archetypal Human
Content Similarities: The Fall and the Natural
Content Similarities: On Interpreting Evil
Content Similarities: The Divine Purpose
Appendix AExamining Richard R. Niebuhr on Schleiermacher223
Appendix BToo Anthropocentric for Current Ecological Concerns?229
Selected Bibliography237
Index241

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