Schleiermacher and universalism

"[F]or although Christians are still empowered and called to a special love of brothers and sisters among themselves, we indeed know most certainly—the power of redemption being universal—that between our brothers and sisters in Christ and those who are simply brothers and sisters in our common human frailty we make no other distinction than this, namely, that the former already participate in their salvation and that the others are nevertheless yet to attain it."

Friedrich Schleiermacher, "Passion Sermon." April 8, 1821.
In Jesus' Life in Dying, trans. Nicol and Jorgenson. 
(My thanks to Jeremy Funk for pointing me to this quotation.)

For more on Schleiermacher and universalism see Robin Parry, with Ilaria Ramelli, A Larger Hope? Universal Salvation from the Reformation to the Nineteenth Century (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019), 174–83.


Nicolas said…
Great quote -- thank you for that.
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NMadison said…
Hi Robin,

I have a concept in my head that, I guess, might be called a theodicy. Anyway, I'd enjoy telling you about it and seeing what kind of holes we could poke in it.

Also, I've been listening to the "Gospel Conversations" conference. Thank you for the talks, they are meaningful to me.

~ Nathan Madison

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