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An examination of the Christology of Friedrich Schleiermacher Friedrich Schleiermacher is without a doubt one of the most important figures in the field of Christology He is generally regarded as the father of modern liberal Christology and even Karl Barth one of his most severe critics admitted that The first place in a history of the theology of modern times belongs and will always belong to Schleiermacher and he has no rival Another admirer of Schleiermacher the elder Gass once wrote to him there is no one who can make me waver in my belief that your dogmatics herald a new era in the whole study of theology in general after reading his Doctrine of Faith His Christology has been described as humanistic Christology as he rejected the rationalist Christology of Kant and tried to incorporate more elements of experience and feeling gefuhl into his ideas about human thought particularly within the field of religion He had read Kant from an early age and came to believe that Kants Christology did not do humans justice He believed that we are more than just rational beings In many respects Schleiermachers Christology is satisfactory His idea of Christs perfect humanity is coherent logical and believable However his attempt to better explain the two natures doctrine falls slightly short of satisfactory in my opinion due to his failure to properly account for Jesus sinlessness I will examine several different aspects of his Christology in particularly why he believed that Christs God-consciousness was the fulfilment of human nature and not a contradiction of it I will then examine his interpretation of the two natures doctrine and show why his idea is not wholly satisfactory One of the reasons why Schleiermachers Christology has been described as humanistic is because his argument relies on his belief that Jesus Christ was totally human If Jesus Christ was not human but some supernatural being then the whole point of
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