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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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.

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Dan Hughes said…
What a wonderful hope-filled comment! I was so excited to discover there was such a thing as an 'evangelical universalist', and I applaud you for taking the stand you have! I must confess to being ignorant of the Big S's work and of your own written works though (a state of ignorance I do wish to change immediately). I was wondering if you could recommend any books on Schleiermacher's unique reformed perspective, particularly any books detailing his concept of faith in relation to Calvin's wonderful treatment of it in his Institutes (minus the ECT). I would also be very grateful if you would let me know whether you subscribe to Calvin's contention that faith is a form of knowledge evidenced by a believer's interaction with the Holy spirit, rather than a 'mere belief', as to me it is a pivotal evangelical position. Either way though a book by Robin Parry will definitely be an eagerly anticipated part of my Christmas list.

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