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

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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.

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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

Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2The character of Schleiermacher's Christologically oriented doctrine of creation13
Ch. 3The character of Barth's Christologically oriented doctrine of creation41
Ch. 4Confirmation from Barth's doctrine of creation75
Ch. 5Confirmation from Barth's doctrine of providence and his understanding of evil93
Ch. 6Confirmation from Schleiermacher's doctrine of creation117
Ch. 7More confirmation from Schleiermacher's understanding of miracles, evil, and free will141
Ch. 8The completion of Schleiermacher's Christological orientation181
Ch. 9Comparisons, observations, and concluding comments on the common ground between Schleiermacher and Barth201
App. AExamining Richard R. Niebuhr on Schleiermacher223
App. BToo anthropocentric for current ecological concerns?229

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