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HTS Theological Studies

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versión impresa ISSN 0259-9422


BENTLEY, Wessel. Schleiermacher: God-consciousness and religious identity. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2019, vol.75, n.4, pp.1-7. ISSN 2072-8050.

The world sees a shift in people's religious identity, moving away from the orthodox centre to either the extremes of religious fundamentalism or the religious identity of being 'spiritual, but not religious'. This article investigates the latter religious identity and asks whether Schleiermacher's theology may be of any value to it. The argument is that the context of disillusionment experienced during the Enlightenment and South Africa's transition to a post-secular constitutional democracy created the environment for a religious search beyond orthodoxy. The article then describes the tension between being conscious of the self and an awareness of dependence on the other, found in Schleiermacher's thinking and the notion of 'spirituality'. The article concludes by questioning how sin and evil, and the place of Jesus in Schleiermacher's theology and the stated form of religious identity, can be understood.

Palabras clave : Schleiermacher; God-consciousness; Religious identity; Doctrine; Spirituality.

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