The term popular theology refers generally to popular forms of communicating theology, which serve to popularize religious issues, making use of diverse media including literature, art, and a religious lecture culture that emerged in the 19th century . Originally the term denoted a specific genre of theological literature in the late Enlightenment that was concerned with communicating theology on a scholarly but popular level to interested members of the intelligentsia.
While conveying the content of the Christian religion to literate laity had always been…
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“Popular theology”, in:
Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online
, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012.
Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025736>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107