Reconsidering Friedrich Schleiermacher's Doctrine of God: Kataphasis, Apophasis, and Feminism
Poe, Shelli, Religious Studies - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Jones, Paul, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
In this dissertation, I analyze, critique, and correct Schleiermacher's doctrine of God as presented in the Glaubenslehre (The Christian Faith). Reading the work backwards, I highlight the important and lasting contributions Schleiermacher has made to Christian theology, even as I critique his ultimately non-personal understanding of God. I argue that were his doctrine of God bolstered by an additional kataphatic notion, namely, a non-anthropomorphic and non-anthropocentric understanding of God as personal, his theology could better contribute to feminist theological projects.
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Friedrich Schleiermacher, doctrine of God, Reformed theology, kataphasis, apophasis, feminism, feminist theology, modern theology, personhood
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