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Friedrich Schleiermacher: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism (Cambridge Studies in Religion & Critical Thought) Hardcover – January 30, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0521805902 ISBN-10: 0521805902

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“The nuanced positions of the man in the context of his times are well presented and critically considered in this collection. Highly recommended.”

"Crouter's treatment of these major works is engaging, and his deft handling of many of Schleiermacher's less-known writings further illuminates the subject of these essays."
-Forrest Clingerman, Ohio Northern University

"(A)nyone with a taste for thoughtful reflection and well-crafted prose will find reading these 11 essays a delight."
-Robert W. Whalen, Queens University, German Studies Review

"This collection testifies to the power of elegant and seminal essays. Crouter has painted a richly detailed and subtle portrait of a Schleiermacher rarely seen in the anglophone world...This collection should be required reading for anyone- specialist or passing acquaintance. friend or foe- who thinks she or he understands Schleiermacher...they are illuminating and invaluable essays."
-Julia A. Lamm, Theological Studies

"[Richard Crouter] is blessed with a gift for clear, elegant prose. Anyone wishing to find a completely reliable guide to Schleiermacher's achievement cannot afford to pass by this book. Crouter deserves highest praise for setting the historical record straight as well as opening up new vistas of interpretation for students of modern theology."
-Paul E. Capetz, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minnesota, Interpretation

Book Description

Friedrich Schleiermacher's groundbreaking work in theology and philosophy was forged in the cultural ferment of Berlin at the convergence of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. The three sections of this book include illuminating sketches of Schleiermacher's relationship to contemporaries, his work as a public theologian, as well as the formation and impact of his two most famous books, On Religion and The Christian Faith. Crouter's essays examine the theologian's stance regarding the status of doctrine, church and political authority, and the place of theology among the academic disciplines.

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Born in Washington, D.C., Richard Crouter is the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He grew up in Southern California where he studied history, philosophy, and religion at Occidental College. Having decided on a career in college teaching he set out to study the formation of Christian theology in Greco-Roman antiquity as well as the challenges facing Christianity in the modern period.

Following graduate study at Union Theological Seminary in New York and the University of Heidelberg, he taught in the Department of Religion at Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota and came to specialize on the work of the Berlin pastor, theologian, and philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), widely known as the "founder of modern Protestant theology." His interests range from Biblical studies to St. Augustine, Kierkegaard, Reinhold Niebuhr and the relationship between religion, politics, and modern secularity. He has lectured widely in the U.S. as well as overseas, especially in Germany and the U.K.

In the 1980s he published the first English translation of the 1799 edition of Schleiermacher's On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers, a classic text within German romanticism that sees religion as akin to poetry, initiated by a sense of awe and wonder about the universe (Cambridge University Press, 1988, 1996). Together with Julie Klassen in Carleton's German Department, he translated texts regarding Jewish emancipation in Berlin in which Schleiermacher played a major part, A Debate on Jewish Emancipation and Christian Theology in Old Berlin (Hackett Publishing, 2004). For some fifteen years he co-edited the Journal for the History of Modern Theology (Walter de Gruyter).

Recent titles include a collection of essays on pivotal aspects of Schleiermacher's illustrious career, Friedrich Schleiermacher: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism (Cambridge, 2005, paper 2007) and a primer on the "Niebuhr Revival" within U.S. political and religious culture, written for general readers, Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith (Oxford, 2010).