Friedrich Schleiermacher is often called the “Father of Modern Theology.” Such a superlative title demands deep engagement. Heralded as a foundational figure in philosophy, hermeneutics, ethics, and of course theology, the question naturally becomes, “what did Schleiermacher do and what relevance does it have for theology today and tomorrow?” This seminar takes an extended, focused look at Schleiermacher’s core texts, On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers and his monumental The Christian Faith. Throughout the semester, both the groundbreaking nature of Schleiermacher’s work at its publication and its actual and potential employments in contemporary theology are discussed, with an emphasis on his methodological innovations and how students can appropriate and converse with Schleiermacher’s work today.

Prerequisite: ST 101 or ST 103 or ST 104.