Historical Who is Who

SCHLEIERMACHER, Friedrich

1768 - 1834
Germany
PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION

 

His suspicions of the externals of institutional religion combined with his extensive writings designed to lay open the feeling heart of true faith have led to Friedrich Schleiermacher becoming identified as the ‘father of modern Protestantism’. He berated the ‘cultured despisers of religion’ for their over-rational preoccupations which missed the universal sense of dependence common to humankind. This he believed to be present in all religions, but quintessentially in the God-consciousness of Jesus of Nazareth.

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