Friedrich Schleiermacher, the "father of modern theology," found his voice first in preaching. This book demonstrates how Schleiermacher moved between the critical reading of Scripture, the proclamation of Christian faith to congregations over a forty-five-year period, and, eventually, the work of theology in all its disciplines. Schleiermacher's Preaching, Dogmatics, and Biblical Criticism is the first work to fully unveil this interaction by focusing on Schleiermacher's 228 known sermons on the Gospel of John. Kelsey shows in detail 1) how the central insights of his theology emerged first in his preaching, and 2) that his dogmatic writings provided a context within which these insights could be related to all the major doctrinal themes of Christian faith. The study concludes by drawing implications for theological reflection and its relation to worship life in our own time.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Weaving together history and theology, Kelsey's book sets a new standard for scholarship on Schleiermacher. Schleiermacher's theology, and in particular his Christology, come alive in her analysis, with great intellectual rigor. The book points towards new interdisciplinary possibilities in Schleiermacher studies and promises to open a rich international dialogue." --Christine Helmer, Harvard Divinity School
"Kelsey identifies a structural weakness in Schleiermacher's philosophical and historical account of God-consciousness and she lays out a three-point agenda for correcting it. Her rigorous arguments and masterful scholarship on Schleiermacher, the preacher, make her critique and proposals well worth considering by scholars and clergy who are committed to the centrality of church life for the theological enterprise. Read this book as a commitment to church and theological reform." --Thandeka, Meadville Lombard Theological School
Catherine L. Kelsey
Catherine L. Kelsey is Dean of Chapel and Spiritual Life at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Thinking About Christ with Schleiermacher (2003) is among her many projects in theology. She is a United Methodist minister and has served as pastor in several congregations over the past twenty-five years. Currently she is cochair of the International Schleiermacher Society.