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HTS Theological Studies

On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
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Abstract

VELDSMAN, Daniël P.. To feel with and for Friedrich Schleiermacher: On religious experience. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2019, vol.75, n.4, pp.1-5. ISSN 2072-8050.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5537.

The German systematic theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher has shaped Western Christian theological thinking in many ways. One such influential way has been his formulation and exposition of religious experience, and specifically the concept of the 'feeling of absolute dependence' (Gefühl der schlechthinnigen Abhängigkeit). From a brief account of his understanding of the 'feeling of absolute independence', a few critical remarks are made from the broader context of contemporary hermeneutical discourses, focusing on the constitutive role of affectivity and narrative identity in religious experiences of embodied personhood. It is argued that these two themes in revisiting Schleiermacher's understanding of the 'feeling of absolute dependence' can contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of religious experience.

Keywords : Schleiermacher; Religious experience; Feeling of absolute dependence; Affectivity; Narrative identity; Embodied personhood.

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