Original Research - Special Collection: Engaging Schleiermacher today: South African perspectives

Multifarious facets in the thinking of the elusive Friedrich Schleiermacher (21 November 1768 – 12 February 1834)

Andries G. Van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5509 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5509 | © 2019 Andries G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 April 2019 | Published: 14 November 2019

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Andries G. Van Aarde, Research Project Centre: Gender Justice, Health, Development, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa

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This article forms part of the commemoration of Friedrich Schleiermacher, who died 185 years ago on 12 February 1834. It focuses on the aspects of Schleiermacher’s life and work that have influenced the author the most. The article consists of personal annotations, Schleiermacher’s understanding of ‘divine’ hermeneutics, his notion of congeniality and his ‘subscription’ to creedal Christianity while promoting the freedom of the exegete to interpret the Bible and ecclesiastical confessions robustly and critically.


Friedrich Schleiermacher; Hermeneutics; Congeniality; Subscription to confessions; Theōsis


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