Very different from Hegel was his contemporary, Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834).  Both men taught at the University of Berlin, Schleiermacher from its formation in 1811 and Hegel from 1818, but they were poles apart intellectually and did not like each other.  This is somewhat ironic today, when we tend to lump both men together as representatives of the liberal German school of thought in the early nineteenth century, but this is the result of historical reassessment and was less obvious at the time.  Schleiermacher is now credited with having been the first modern liberal theologian in Germany because this is the judgment that Karl Barth passed on him two generations after his death but, when set next to Hegel, he appears to be quite conservative.  The reason for that, no doubt, is that, by the time Barth was writing, Schleiermacher was still regarded as recognizably Christian in a way that Hegel was not, and so it is not surprising that Barth concentrated on him as the archetypal “liberal” within the wider Christian fold.

From: God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Thought by Gerald Bray (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014), p. 1,060.

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