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This book is valuable for its accessible presentation of theological prolegomania. It is also unique in that it develops Schleiermacher's political theology, such as his giving his parishioners hope during the trials of the Napoleonic invasion. It presents Schleiermacher as less the master of Christian dogma and instead as the university professor and master of hermeneutics. -- Mark Mattes Lutheran Quarterly

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Theodore Vial is Assistant Professor of Theology at Iliff School of Theology, USA.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An excellent introduction to Schleiermacher 23 Oct. 2013
By S. Maria S. - Published on
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This is an excellent introduction to Schleiermacher's life and work. It is accessible to students and provides profound insight into Schleiermacher's perspectives. The author is gifted in that his writing is highly intellectual, yet it reads like a good novel and captivates the audience. I found it to be clear and compelling and it enriched my previous understanding of Schleiermacher. Besides theological perspectives, the author includes intriguing biographical information as well as a thorough discussion on Schleiermacher's epistemology, hermeneutics, and political views. His comprehensive approach allowed me to gain a wider picture of who Schleiermacher was and I found each chapter equally illuminating and insightful.

I simply cannot say enough great things about this book and I think it would be difficult to find a better overview of Schleiermacher. It is a great read and I highly recommend it to all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best introduction to Schleiermacher in the English-speaking world 30 Nov. 2013
By David J. Worley - Published on
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One problem I have observed about introductory Schleiermacher books is that they either are too terse, too cumbersome, or only speak to Schleiermacher's theology. This book strikes a careful balance of providing the reader with enough of an introduction to understand this great thinker, while not bogging them down with too much information. The author writes clearly and accessibly on a number of challenging (and complex) topics and provides a balanced and insightful introduction to the father of modern theology. I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to understand Schleiermacher and think that it is accessible for undergraduates while also being appropriately rigorous for seminary or master's-level divinity students.

It's a must read and the best introductory book I've read on Schleiermacher.
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Good guide 8 Dec. 2013
By toronto - Published on
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This is not a bad book on Schleiermacher, but it is not exactly as the author intended, which was to write a book for people with no background. He uses terms like "a priori" without explaining what they mean. I was surprised that in reviewing the previous philosophical history, Vial hardly mentions Spinoza at all except in the context of the Lessing controversy; Spinoza was probably the main influence on Schleiermacher's thought. The final chapter, on Schleiermacher's politics, is a bit of an anticlimax. I would have liked more on Schleiermacher's impact on later theologians and hermeneutic theory more generally. I would supplement this book with the Stanford Philosophy website, which is a good next step up, or the Cambridge Companion.
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