Schleiermacher in Three Easy Lessons

by Matt Frost

Week 3 of Joe’s Lectures in Theological Method is done.  It says something about the course that it has gone so far from Luther, to Calvin, to Schleiermacher, one week for each.  And from what I can see, it goes on from here to Aulen (with detours into Pannenberg and Rahner), and thence on to Barth and Tillich.  (Apparently also, at the end, back to Athanasius, though I don’t think I have that tape.)  Along the way, so far, we’ve also touched Kierkegaard, and this week Bonhoeffer pretty heavily.  Schleiermacher is here in the syllabus because “he belongs to the genetics by which you’re here at all.”

There’s a Barth quote key to this week, for all that Joe finds Tillich to be more directly Schleiermacher’s heir, to the effect that if you haven’t been seduced by Schleiermacher on these points, you may end up giving away your theological virginity too easily later on.

It’s been far too long since I digitized these, and when you’re multitasking, it becomes harder to devote sufficient time to the summary writing.  So rather than let my guilt over that hold up the publication any longer, I’m just going to give them to you straight, no chaser, so we can get back to the game.

Session 7, 1974-10-14 — Schleiermacher: Intro

Session 8, 1974-10-16 — Schleiermacher (cont’d)

Session 9, 1974-10-18 — Schleiermacher: discussions

The first two are a bit rough, recording-wise, and these are the better of the two copies!  But the third is quite easily audible, and I’ve tried to make all three sound their best.

Enjoy!

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