William James

First Sunday of Advent

December 1, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 2:1-5
Reading 2: 
Psalm 122
Reading 3: 
Romans 13:11-14
Reading 4: 
Matthew 24:36-44
By Bruce G. Epperly

Advent is a time of awe and wonder. Great things are happening in the world and our lives. God has a dream for human history and our own moment by moment lives. History aims at incarnation. The birth and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, continuous with the dreams of the Hebraic prophetic tradition, brings about a new array of possibilities for creative transformation. Advent is a time for agency and urgency.

How do Schleiermacher and Process relate?

Schleiermacher's theology is very close to process theology, so could process be a bridge between American and continental theologies?
Publication Month: 
May 2012
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

This is a complex question. Let me first describe where I agree. Schleiermacher was certainly an important figure in German theology. He is often called the father of liberal theology. During the nineteenth century, along with Hegel and Kant, he was a major shaper of the tradition. His basic program was renewed by Rudolph Otto, and there are clear continuations in Paul Tillich. There are certainly today adherents of this tradition.

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