Eternal Blessedness for All?

A Historical-Systematic Examination of Schleiermacher's Understanding of Predestination

By Anette I. Hagan

Eternal Blessedness for All?

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Eternal Blessedness for All?

A Historical-Systematic Examination of Schleiermacher's Understanding of Predestination

By Anette I. Hagan

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  • ISBN: 9781608996414
  • Pages: 294
  • Publication Date: 4/26/2013
  • Retail Price: $36.00
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About-

Eternal blessedness for all? This work shows how the acclaimed father of modern theology, Friedrich Schleiermacher, brilliantly approached this problem. It took many twists and turns of historical and philosophically minded analyses, however, for him to get to a theologically appropriate answer. This book unpacks those efforts in manageable form, based on a close examination of a pivotal 1819 essay, On the Doctrine of Election; his masterpiece, Christian Faith; sermons; and other related sources. Schleiermacher was the first modern theologian of stature to endorse the universal restoration of all humanity. This study also displays the historical, ecumenical, and doctrinal contexts in which his views were fashioned. It takes a careful look at the contemporary reception of his heterodox, universalist reinterpretation of the traditional Reformed doctrine of double predestination and of Lutheran alternatives, showing that his public stance was, in fact, rather ambiguous, for reasons made clear here. Finally, it examines reasons for his failure to convince contemporary theologians and concludes with an assessment of his interpretation of the doctrine of the one eternal divine decree of universal election in view of current interests in theology.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"In this extraordinarily clear-headed examination of a key doctrinal problem in theology, Hagan takes readers through dark thickets of traditional talk about divine determination of people's status before and after death with penetrating light. In a series of deft steps she guides us through Schleiermacher's masterfully considered option, which guardedly affirms a doctrine of eventually universal restoration. This she shows him doing without bypassing the seriousness of sin but giving primacy to the supreme love, wisdom, and power of divine grace."
--Terrence N. Tice, University of Michigan (emeritus)

"In this compelling study, Hagan presents a comprehensive treatment of Schleiermacher's innovative doctrine of election. With sustained attention to the underlying contexts of German Reformed Protestantism and Prussian church union, Hagan provides an insightful exposition and perceptive analysis of the development of Schleiermacher's understanding of election and its systematic implications. . . . This is a deeply impressive and highly engaging book, offering an accomplished contribution to the ongoing renaissance in Schleiermacher studies."
--Paul T. Nimmo, New College, Edinburgh

"Eternal Blessedness for All? is both an illuminating and elegant study of Schleiermacher's theological imagination and an invitation to readers to consider the very nature of theology itself as a dimension of the humanities. Schleiermacher is currently the subject of renewed interested among scholars of religion, who are rediscovering him as one of the founders of modern inquiry in religion. . . . Hagan's work ought to shake some contemporary theological foundations!"
--Christine Helmer, Northwestern University

"Eternal Blessedness for All? masterfully locates Schleiermacher's argument for universalism--as outlined in his essay on predestination--in relationship to concrete ecclesial concerns and broader doctrinal implications. This goldmine of information and insight is both friendly to readers new to Schleiermacher and provocative enough to prod seasoned scholars in new directions. With clear prose Hagan sketches a picture of Schleiermacher that is simultaneously comprehensive, critical, and compelling."
--Allen G. Jorgenson, Wilfred Laurier University

Contributors-

Anette I. Hagan

Bio(s)-

Anette Hagan is Senior Curator of Rare Book Collections at the National Library of Scotland. She is also an elder in the Church of Scotland and is fully bilingual. Her interest in Schleiermacher arose during her undergraduate years in the early 1990s at the University of Mainz, Germany. It came to focus in a Master of Theology thesis on his doctrine of predestination at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, greatly extended in this work.

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