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Unformatted text preview: Page 1 of 7 Church History 14 April 15, 2009 Professor Steinmetz last Church History 14 Taking the Long View, Chapter 16 He is dedicating the book to his students. 43 years of teaching. He had a great time he had a great time he cant speak for us! We need to accept his thanks on behalf of all of the other students hes taught. The movement in Protestant liberalism. There are Catholic liberals, too. A movement that starts at the end of the Enlightenment and we call it Liberal Protestantism. Frederich Schleiermacher. His ancestors made curtains. And Adolf von Harnack. Quite a different stream. Was born Adolf Harnack. His father wrote a special work on Luthers theory of atonement. Schleiermacher has a similar break, theologically, with his father. His father was an orthodox reformed with Moravian sympathies. Fredreich goes in a different direction. 1851 1930 von Harnack 1768- 1834 Schleiermacher 1724- 1804 Immanuel Kant What generates Protestant liberalism? High among the sets of things is a class of views that cant be reconciled. Its not the case that it always goes to liberal theology. Take Origen for example. Origen finds several stories in the Bible that he finds incredible. Hes offended by the irrational claims of Genesis 1 light and darkness before sun, moon and stars. And in addition, you have Adam and Eve who every evening host God who comes for a walk in the garden. Origen says, This story is important for us to know and understand, but not literally, because God never intended us to understand that way. God has put certain hints that the story is not to be read literally, and these are rational absurdities and you say, God doesnt want me to read this as a literal story. Its not the story about the election of President Obama. But its one that God wants us to know, read, digest and learn from. The absurdities are clues that were not supposed to read it in a wooden literal way. Were to read them like the parables of Jesus. What about the good Samaritan or the Prodigal Son. Did the story actually happen? Does anyone matter if it happened actually or not? They are true to life even if not true to fact. Thought the stories God is teaching something they cant be eliminated without losing Page 2 of 7 something. There is a clash of world views. What Origen thinks is unreasonable in order to teach us something we desperately need to know. For Origen, the fact that Jesus was born in immaculate conception and resurrected was not an absurdity. But the interpreter of scripture always has to ask, what was Gods intention in this story? God intends to teach us truth, but not always through the recitation of history. Some of the ways are the ways that Jesus taught us when he taught us about the various characters in parable. Its true to life, but not to fact....
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