Fortress Press

Embedded Grace: Christ, History, and the Reign of God in Schleiermacher's Dogmatics

Embedded Grace

Christ, History, and the Reign of God in Schleiermacher's Dogmatics

Kevin M. Vander Schel (Author)


Scholars are now at work not only rethinking Schleiermacher’s relation to the modern and contemporary theological tradition, but re-examining the dogmatic intricacies and commitments within his texts. Situated within this revisionist milieu, the author takes up the important issue of the coordination of grace and history in Schleiermacher, arguing for its significance in understanding the dynamics of Schleiermacher’s dogmatics and its grounding and realization in Christology.

The project not only continues the recasting of Schleiermacher’s work in its wider context, but unpacks the dogmatic network within the paramount texts, as well as bringing crucial texts to the fore often neglected in English language scholarship. As such, this volume performs an innovative rethinking of revelation, grace, history, Christology, and ecclesiology in Schleiermacher, with particular attention to the pivotal dogmatic volume, The Christian Faith, and the unpublished Ethics. A commanding volume for scholars and students in modern and contemporary theology.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800699970
  • eBook ISBN 9781451465242
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 208
  • Emerging Scholars category Theology
  • Publication Date November 1, 2013


"In this contextually rich and conceptually rigorous book, Kevin Vander Schel makes a compelling case for the claim that Schleiermacher's device of the 'supernatural-becoming-natural' represents his attempt at a third way between rationalism and supernaturalism. Vander Schel traces the influence of this device through Schleiermacher's dogmatics and his Christian ethics. The book illuminates a theme in Schleiermacher's work that is crucial for understanding how his work was shaped by the theological concerns of his day, and for appreciating how Schleiermacher intended his work as an intervention in the historical course of Protestant theology."
—Andrew Dole
Amherst College