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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

What Is “A Prince of the Church”?

In his┬áBrief Outline of the Study of Theology, Friedrich Schleiermacher coins a new term to describe someone who serves as an ideal guide for the church. Such a person would be characterized by┬ábalance–the balance of practical piety and academic competency, united in a single individual. To give the priority to either side of this complementary […]

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Andrew Fulford Archive Authors East Asia Nota Bene Philosophy

Retreat to Commitment in Buddhism

Robert H. Sharf writes about the retreat phenomena (with different terms) in varieties of Buddhism. Substitute “private spiritual experience” with liberal Schleiermacherian “immediate feeling of dependence upon the infinite” or conservative Barthian “encounter with the Word” and you get the same basic strategy for dealing with the same underlying problem: The urge to reduce the […]