Month: June 2015

What Does It Mean to Treat Others as Subjects?: The Fundamental Problem with I-Thou Human Relationships

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When a person sees another person and treats him as an object, he reduces the observed Other to a being who is contingent upon the personal and idiosyncratic subjective states of the observing individual. That is, the Other becomes just a pawn manipulated by the subjective moods of the observing individual (in this case, the “observing individual” is the subject of the reality which we are describing).

Schleiermacher’s Doctrine of Atonement: An Historical Introduction and Examination of Schleiermacher’s Sermon The Dying Savior Our Example

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For Schleiermacher, Jesus was the embodiment of tangible God-consciousness. Jesus came to earth to help restore our God-consciousness. He did this by allowing us to participate in Him (in participating in Christ, Christians participate in God-consciousness). Once that occurs, three things happen: (1) The person is immediately aware of his or her state of sin; (2) The person becomes aware of the need for a savior and the need for grace; and (3) The person then responds by having the feeling of absolute dependence restored. Redemption occurs only by means of God’s grace and His revelation. His revelation of Himself is entirely gracious. Our response must be nothing but humble thankfulness.