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Cultural Elites and the Church
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In a broad sense, the educational dilemma of the church is the consequence of the modern tension between religion and science, first apparent in the 18th century. In 1799 F.D.E. Schleiermacher defended religion from its cultured despisers, who had enthusiastically adopted aesthetic and moral forms of self-assurance while educating the general populace in a religion to which they themselves were “totally indifferent” (Schleiermacher, 32). As the middle class grew during the 19th century, this tendency led to education in a cultural religion independent …

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Meyer-Blanck, Michael, “Cultural Elites and the Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08179>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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