Reader's Guide to Schleiermacher's Christian Faith

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Second Part of the System of Doctrine: Explication of the Facts of the Religious Self-Consciousness, as they are determined by the Antithesis of Sin and Grace

Second Aspect of the Antithesis: Explication of the Consciousness of Grace

Third Section: The Divine Attributes which relate to Redemption


164 When we trace to the divine causality our consciousness of fellowship with God, restored through the efficacy of redemption, we posit the planting and extension of the Christian Church as the object of the divine government of the world.

165 The divine causality presents itself to us in the government of the world as Love and as Wisdom.

First Doctrine: The Divine Love

166 The divine love, as the attribute in virtue of which the divine nature imparts itself, is seen in the work of redemption.

167 God is Love.

Second Doctrine: The Divine Wisdom

168 The divine wisdom is the principle which orders and determines the world for the divine self-imparting which is evinced in redemption.


169 The divine wisdom is the ground in virtue of which the world, as the scene of redemption, is also the absolute revelation of the Supreme Being, and is therefore good.

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