What separates both Hegel and Schleiermacher is still more often felt, or considered under relatively subordinate viewpoints that are governed by special interests, than it has been expressed with conceptual clarity.Hermann Glockner (1920)
The differences between them here were not clear-cut logical disagreements but more matters of temperament and emphasis, differences which however have been historically decisive, as is clear from the development of German thought after their time.Richard B. Brandt (1941)
Anyone who seeks to interpret the debate between Hegel and Schleiermacher would be well advised to issue a few qualifying remarks. When we decide to approach them in relation to each other we confront formidable interpretive obstacles, three of which I wish to mention at the outset.
The first level of difficulty to be confronted by an interpreter of Hegel and Schleiermacher lies in the sheer complexity of their thought, which demands the utmost intellectual exertion. To this day settled interpretations of their work scarcely exist. Both figures have been interpreted, in quite opposite ways, as having advanced as well as having undermined the cause of Christian belief and Christian theology in the modern period.
A second set of difficulties might be called philological or textual. Both thinkers expressed themselves on relevant topics in a large number of texts, not all of which were published, some of which were revised more than once in their lifetimes, and for some of which there are as yet no truly adequate critical editions.