Theological Liberalism is very much a product of its time. Unfortunately, it projected that same characteristic onto Christianity–replacing it with an evolving, experience-based religion that rejected everything Enlightenment intellectuals found unfashionable.
In this episode, we’ll take a look at two men whose philosophies deformed academic theology in the West for generations: Georg Hegel and Freidrich Schleiermacher
Introduction to Zombie Heresies: https://youtu.be/WhXcjI52eO8
Theological Liberalism – Part 1: https://youtu.be/f5B7MkjzczM
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Can any good thing come out of Germany?
heheh; let’s just say it’s a wildly inconsistent track record.
Does the idea of “freedom” (as in autonomy) as the ultimate human good pre-date Hegel?
Good question, Andrew, but I’m afraid I don’t know enough to say for sure.
My conjecture is that it probably predates Hegel–just because most philosophical ideas are a lot older than we think. But practically speaking, I don’t know of any other culture in which the idea caught on the way in did during the Enlightenment. I suspect a society needs a certain level of affluence before many people are going to value that kind of autonomy so highly.