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Schleiermacher Unit

Call for Proposals

We seek paper proposals that explore the topics of love and power in relation to Schleiermacher’s philosophy and theology. Proposals are welcome that critically examine love in relation to power, or that engage one of the two. Possible themes related to love from historical, philosophical, theological, cultural, and constructive perspectives might include: divine and human love, intersubjectivity and community, relationships between doctrine and ethics, relationships between love and sin/evil/hate, love and eschatology, love in Schleiermacher’s theological work. Possible themes related to power might include: divinity and power (i.e., divine causality), Christ and power, democracy, fascism, populism, and war in the contemporary global context.

For a co-sponsored session with the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements Unit, we seek proposals for papers that explore the identity and activity of the Spirit of God. We especially welcome papers that engage both a Pentecostal or Charismatic view and the views of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Paper proposals might address, for example, how individuals and groups experience the Spirit in the Church, what the relation is, between the Spirit and Christ, how the Spirit helps Christians to discern personal and social sin, how the Spirit renews or deepens relationships with God, how views about the Spirit and views about faith and hope interrelate, what are the differences between finite spirits and God the Spirit. We also invite proposals that focus on the value of Schleiermacher’s pneumatology and Pentecostal or Charismatic pneumatologies for generative theological work on particular political, social, ecological, or economic challenges.

Statement of Purpose

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.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members