Sabatier, Auguste (ôgōstˈ säbätyāˈ) [key], 1839–1901, French Protestant theologian. He was professor (1867–72) of reformed dogmatics at Strasbourg, and from 1877 until his death he was a member of the Protestant theological faculty of the Sorbonne, Paris. Sabatier became noted as a liberal theologian, stressing the subjective, symbolic nature of religious knowledge and the need for continual revision of religious dogmas in the light of personal experience. Among English translations of his works are The Apostle Paul (1891), Religion and Modern Culture (1897), Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion (1897), and Religions of Authority and the Religion of the Spirit (1904).
See T. Silkstone, Religion, Symbolism and Meaning (1968).
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