The figure of Friedrich Schleiermacher looms large in any discussion of Protestant theology in nineteenth-century German Europe. Emphasizing the importance of feeling, he offered a convincing response to religious rationalism that helped animate and secure the Protestant revival in the German lands after 1800. Moreover, through his teaching at the University of Berlin and his many publications, Schleiermacher exerted a powerful influence on theology’s emergence as an academic, scientific (wissenschaftlich) discipline. But, as Zachary Purvis adroitly suggests in this fascinating study, Schleiermacher’s importance for German theology and the German university in the nineteenth century also reflects a critical, if often overlooked fact: he was one of the most important textbook writers of his era, author of the pioneering Kurze Darstellung des theologischen Studiums (Brief Outline of the Study...

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