Eternal Blessedness for All?
A Historical-Systematic Examination of Schleiermacher’s Understanding of Predestination
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"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