AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This unit promotes scholarship--from specialists and non-specialists alike--that critically engages the work of Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834). We encourage historical, textual, and constructive analyses that open new lines of inquiry into Schleiermacher’s oeuvre and contribute to contemporary discussions in theology, religious studies, philosophy, ethics, and hermeneutics.
The Schleiermacher Unit will host a panel discussion on the theme, “God, Grace, and History: Schleiermacher in Reformed Theology.” Invited panelists will include recent authors Anette Hagan (Eternal Blessedness for All? A Historical-Systematic Examination of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Reinterpretation of Predestination, 2013), Shelli Poe (Essential Trinitarianism: Schleiermacher as Trinitarian Theologian, 2017), Zachary Purvis (Theology and the University in Nineteenth Century Germany, 2016), and Kevin Vander Schel (Embedded Grace: Christ, History, and the Reign of God in Schleiermacher’s Dogmatics , 2013). Paul Nimmo (University of Aberdeen) and Paul Jones (University of Virginia) will briefly synthesize the arguments of these works and raise questions for the authors and audience to discuss.
To mark the recent publication of the first ever English-language critical edition of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Christian Faith (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016), the Schleiermacher Unit and the Christian Systematic Theology Unit invite paper proposals for a co-sponsored session on Schleiermacher’s theology. We welcome proposals for analytical or constructive (but not strictly historical) papers that treat Schleiermacher’s work in Christian Faith. Potential themes include, but are not limited to: the relationship between piety and doctrine, questions of tradition and authority, and the classical loci of systematic theology, and the potential bearing of this new translation of Christian Faith (by Tice, Kelsey, and Lawler) on scholarship. We especially welcome proposals that explore what Schleiermacher’s substantive arguments in Christian Faith could contribute to contemporary conversations in theology.