das schlechthinnige Abhängigkeitsgefühl” / “The feeling of absolute dependence

The “father of liberal theology,” Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), argued that religion begins not with creed, doctrine, text, or tradition but with feeling. In particular, the feeling of absolute dependence (or the absolute feeling of dependence, depending on your translation). We’ll explore vulnerability by looking at this feeling of awe, wonder, and connection. How can we cultivate this feeling, and what do we do with it when we feel it?