On 'nothing to distinguish' Schleiermacher and Otto: reply to Smith

Religious Studies 46 (4):449-468 (2010)
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Responding to my claims in 'Schleiermacher and Otto on religion', A. D. Smith has argued that there is 'nothing to distinguish ' Schleiermacher and Otto on the topics of the naturalistic explanation of religion and divine intervention in the natural order. There are respects in which Smith seems not to have understood my arguments, and his most significant challenge to my claims about Schleiermacher rests on a conflation of two different questions at issue in Schleiermacher's discussion of the incarnation. Further, Smith's correct observation that I have misinterpreted Otto on an important matter is itself coupled with a similar misreading on his part. Smith's arguments prompt me to revise my view of Otto, but not to abandon the idea that he and Schleiermacher assumed different positions on the topics at issue.



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