Abingdon Pillars of Theology is a series for the college and seminary classroom designed to help students grasp the basic and necessary facts, influence, and significance of major theologians.Written by major scholars, these books outline the context, methodology, organizing principles, method, primary contributions, and major writings of people who have shaped theology as we know it today.
Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1834) is the father of modern theology. In an implicit dialogue with the reader, Terrence Tice demonstrates that Schleiermacher is also very much our contemporary struggling with the same questions we do today: What has God done for us all in Christ? and How should I respond?
"Schleiermacher defined the task of Christian theology as that of explaining the fact of 'the Word made flesh' AND the experience of it. This timely and enjoyable book is a most welcome and vitally important contribution to the contemporary Schleiermacher renaissance."
- Iain G.Nicol, Professor Emeritus Systematic Theology, Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto
"A unique book that presents the fruit of a lifetime's intensive engagement with the sources. Readers will especially welcome the author's insights on translating Schleiermacher's precise but conceptually elusive vocabulary into modern English. Indeed, it would not be too much to say that Tice has made Schleiermacher's own voice audible to a new generation."
- Dawn DeVries, John Newton Thomas Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education
"Building on his own command of Schleiermacher's work, Terrence Tice distills decades of research into a clear and compact introduction. The book’s thoughtful interpretation will engender knowledge--and even love--of Schleiermacher in readers. In addition readers will find the index a helpful and necessary companion to the English translations of Schleiermacher’s works."
- Christine Helmer, Senior Scholar in Theology, Harvard Divinity School
"A must-read for newcomers to theology's history and a tonic for all those willing to encounter Schleiermacher again, for the first time--a reliable, balanced overview of Schleiermacher's life, times, main theological themes, and distinctive idiom, presented in clear and lively terms and at quite modest length."
- James O. Duke, Professor of the History of Christianity and the History of Christian Thought, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University
"Terrence Tice, the dean of American Schleiermacher scholarship, has written a wonderfully accessible and intelligible introduction to Schleiermacher's thought."
- David E. Klemm, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Department of Religious Studies, University of Iowa
Terrence N. Tice, Th.D., Ph.D. is a noted Schleiermacher authority and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan.