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Examples of Schleiermacher
In this series of developments this is perhaps, as far as the form is concerned, the most satisfactory work which immediately concerns religion and its reconciliation with philosophy on the basis of more liberal Christian investigation.
He will experience how truly the divine Plato spoke, when he said, “Seven years of silent inquiry were needful for a man to learn the truth, but fourteen in order to learn how to make it known to his fellow-men.
These are named as the events from which the theology in the Lutheran and Calvinistic churches respectively became fixed.
The conviction derived from Plato’s early dialogues, that the mind, in travelling outward to study the objective, could not prove the highest realities, but must have faith in its own faculties, prepared him for imbibing the philosophy of Jacobi.
The fundamental principles(761) were, that truth in theology was not to be attained by reason, but by an insight, which he called the Christian consciousness,(762) which we should call Christian experience; and that piety consists in spiritual feeling, not in morality.
In successive works his views on ethics and religion were gradually developed, until, in his _Glaubenslehre_ (31) he produced one of the most important theological systems ever conceived.