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There is a religious ethics implicit in Schleiermacher's doctrine of creation based on the universal feeling of absolute dependence “prior to” its being informed by any historical tradition. The “highest good” which fundamentally characterizes his religious ethics is found at the intersection of God and the World. The “original perfection of man” and the “original perfection of the world” come together when human life in the world is fully informed by the feeling of absolute dependence. Although Schleiermacher did not develop his religious ethics to the same extent as his philosophical and Christian ethics, it should still be of interest to ethicists in many religious traditions, as it establishes contours and sets limits for the ethics of any monotheistic religious tradition.
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Keywords: Schleiermacher; consciousness of God; doctrine of creation/preservation; feeling of absolute dependence; interdependence of nature; world-consciousness

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Southern California

Publication date: 2006-12-01

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