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Dechristianisierung

(714 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
Der dt. Begriff der D. entstand im späten 18. Jh. im Kontext religionspolitischer Debatten über die Französische Revolution. Dort wurde déchristianisation als Kampfbegriff zur Bezeichnung zunächst spontaner gewalttätiger Aktionen kleinbürgerlicher Gruppen gegen die Römisch-katholische Kirche und ihren Klerus, für den Raub von Kirchengut sowie die Verwüstung von Kirchen, anderen kirchlichen Gebäuden und Kunstschätzen verwendet (Ikonoklasmus). Anhänger der Revolution gebrauchten den Begriff außerdem sowohl zur Beschreibung des Bruchs mit kirchlicher …

Entzauberung der Welt

(745 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
In die Sprachen der modernen Kulturwissenschaften hat der seit dem 18. Jh. nachweisbare Begriff der E. v. a. durch Max Weber Eingang gefunden. Im berühmten Aufsatz Die protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus sprach der Heidelberger Gelehrte 1904/05 vom »großen religionsgeschichtlichen Prozeß der E. der Welt«, der in der altjüd. Prophetie eingesetzt und in der harten innerweltlichen Askese des Puritanismus kulminiert habe. Alle magischen Mittel der Heilssuche seien hier als Aberglaube und Frevel verworfen worden [1]; [3]. Den typologischen Kontrast von Askes…

Antiklerikalismus

(998 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
1. Mittelalter und Frühe Neuzeit Schon im MA und in der Frühen Nz. lässt sich sowohl bei den gebildeten Ständen als auch in den diversen Sozialgruppen des »gemeinen Volkes« harte Kritik an den Klerikern beobachten (Geistliche). Aus religiösen Gründen, um des wahren Glaubens willen, warf man den »Mönchen« und »Pfaffen« Doppelmoral, Herrschsucht, Habgier und Wollust vor. Der Reichtum zahlreicher Klöster, das von Nahrungssorge unberührte, nicht steuerpflichtige, daher vergleichsweise bequeme und nicht selten luxuriöse Leben viel…

Säkularisierung

(6,367 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
1. Problemanzeige 1.1. Begriff Der Begriff S. (»Verweltlichung«, von lat. saeculum, »Zeit«, »Zeitalter«; kirchenlat. »Welt«) ist jünger und weniger eindeutig als der kirchen- und der staatsrechtliche Begriff der Säkularisation. Seit seinem Auftauchen in der dt. aufklärungskritischen Publizistik des frühen 19. Jh.s (Gegenaufklärung), d. h. im Streit um die Deutung der relig.-kulturellen Gesamtlage nach der Französischen Revolution, handelt es sich stets um eine »Interpretationskategorie« [53]; [43]; [8], um einen strittigen »ideenpolit. Begriff« [30]. Sein Verstän…

Entkirchlichung

(693 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
Der Begriff E. wurde spätestens im frühen 19. Jh. geprägt. Im Kontext eines breiten Diskurses über die religionspraktischen Folgen der Aufklärung, der radikalen Katholizismus- und Kirchenkritik der Französischen Revolution sowie der Formierung einer neuen bürgerlichen Öffentlichkeit stritten europ. Gelehrte um 1800 intensiv über die Frage, ob der alte Kirchenglaube in der erhofften »neuen Welt« von bürgerlicher Freiheit, Brüderlichkeit und Gleichheit des Rechts noch Bestand haben könne. Eine zentrale Rolle nahmen dabei die Auseinandersetzungen um das 1788 für Preußen …

Dechristianization

(748 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
The term déchristianisation (German  Dechristianisierung) emerged in the late 18th century in the context of religious and political debates on the French Revolution (1789). It came into use there as a slogan denoting the initially spontaneous violence of groups of petite bourgeoisie against the Roman Catholic Church and its clergy, the sacking of church property, and the pillaging of churches, other ecclesiastical buildings, and art treasures (Iconoclasm). Supporters of the Revolution also used th…
Date: 2019-10-14

Disenchantment of the world

(812 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
The term disenchantment, documented from the 18th century, came into the languages of the modern science of culture through Max Weber in particular. In the famous essay, “Die protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus” (“The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”) the Heidelberg scholar spoke in 1904/05 of the “great religio-historical process of disenchantment of the world,” which had begun in ancient Jewish prophecy and had culminated in the hard, this-worldly asceticism of P…
Date: 2019-10-14

Anticlericalism

(1,049 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
1. Middle Ages and early modern period In the Middle Ages and the early modern period, we already find harsh criticism of the clergy among both the educated classes and the various social groups of the “common people.” On religious grounds, for the sake of the true faith, the “monks” and “priests” were accused of a double moral standard, high-handedness, greed, and concupiscence. The wealth of many monasteries, the relatively comfortable and often luxurious lifestyles of many occupants of benefices , w…
Date: 2019-10-14

Wesensdebatte

(2,949 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
Als Wesensdebatte gelten die zu Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts sowohl auf christlicher als auch auf jüdischer Seite geführten Diskussionen um grundsätzliche Fragen des »Wesens« der jeweiligen Konfession. Ausgelöst durch die Vorlesungen des Theologen Adolf von Harnack über Das Wesen des Christentums, zählte die 1905 veröffentlichte Kritik Das Wesen des Judentums des liberalen Rabbiners Leo Baeck zu den gewichtigsten Beiträgen der Wesensdebatte. In den ideenpolitischen Auseinandersetzungen über die Bedeutung der christlichen und der jüdischen Trad…

Debate on Essence

(3,328 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
The debates on essence are classified as the discussions held at the beginning of the 20th century, both on the Christian and the Jewish sides, concerning the fundamental questions of the "essence" of each confession. Triggered by lectures of the theologian Adolf von Harnack on  Das Wesen des Christentums  (“The Essence of Christianity”), the critique published in 1905 by the liberal rabbi Leo Baeck, Das Wesen des Judentums ("The Essence of Judaism", 1936), ranked as one of the most important contributions to the debate on essence. In the disputes on the politi…
Date: 2018-11-16

Sacrality, Transfer of

(294 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] The origins of the concept of transfert de sacralité are obscure. The earliest known occurrence is in the works of the historian Mona Ozouf, who since 1976 has studied the symbolic worlds, rituals, and “implicit theologies” (Assmann) in the festivals celebrated by the French Revolution. Syncretistic combination of pagan, Christian, and Masonic symbols and ceremonies, she believes, created a post-Christian politico-religious cult in which the revolutionary nation staged and constituted its…

Pfleiderer, Otto

(290 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Sep 1, 1839, Stetten im Remstal – Jul 18, 1908, Groß Lichterfelde near Berlin). As the last ¶ representative of F.C. Baur’s Tübingen school, Pfleiderer developed models of the history of primitive Christianity which stressed Jesus’ Jewish identity, and declared Paul the decisive founder of the Christian religion, thanks to his critique of the “orientalisms” in Jesus’ preaching, and his determined “Hellenization.” Using the historical methods of the comparative study of religion, Pfleiderer set out…

History of Ideas

(1,364 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] I The origins and the formation of the composite term “history of ideas” have hardly been investigated. Early attestations point to the late 18th century. In the centers of the Enlightenment, scholars wrote “history of ideas,” employing teleological interpretation models, in order to legitimize the emergence of the new middle-class consciousness as a progress in the awareness of freedom. The literary history of classic reflection disciplines such as philosophy and theology became c…

Krug, Wilhelm Traugott

(171 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jun 22, 1770, Radis – Jan 12, 1842, Leipzig), Protestant philosopher and successor to I. Kant at Königsberg University. Strongly influenced by Kant's philosophy as a student of theology and philosophy in Wittenberg, Jena, and Göttingen, Krug became philosophy lecturer in Wittenberg and associate of the philosophical faculty in 1794; then associate professor in Frankfurt an der Oder in 1801, full professor in Königsberg in 1805, and in Leipzig in 1809. He argued in favor of a so-c…

Wagner, Falk

(368 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Feb 25, 1939, Vienna – Nov 18, 1998, Vienna) was brought up in a middle-class family. After studying Protestant theology, primarily with H.W. Wolff and Wolfhart Pannenberg, and philosophy, especially with T.W. Adorno and Wolfgang Cramer, he quickly became active in the biblicistic, socially conservative Heliand scouting association. In 1969 he received his Dr.theol. at Munich with a thesis entitled Der Gedanke der Persönlichkeit Gottes bei Fichte und Hegel. His habilitation followed in the winter semester of 1971/1972 with a critical interpretati…

Strauß, David Friedrich

(580 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] ( Jan 27, 1808, Ludwigsburg –Feb 8, 1874, Ludwigsburg), Protestant theologian and writer. The son of a struggling merchant, Strauß attended the Latin school in Ludwigsburg and in 1821 entered the minor seminary in Blaubeuren. There he met F.C. Baur, whose teaching left a deep impression on him. With his friends C. Märklin, F.T. Vischer, and Wilhelm Zimmerman (later a prominent liberal historian of the German Peasants’ War), he began his theological studies in 1825 at the Tübingen …

Hundeshagen, Karl Bernhard

(336 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jan 30, 1810, Friedewald, Hessia – Jun 2, 1872, Bonn). Although as a student of theology Hundeshagen was expelled from the university in Giessen in 1828 for participating in certain fraternity activities, he was still able to attain his Habilitation there in 1831, after which he became a professor of theology specializing in exegesis and church history. In 1834 he received an appointment in Bern (becoming a full professor in 1845), then in 1847 in Heidelberg, and in 1867 in Bonn, also serving as the editor of the ThSt…

Troeltsch, Ernst

(2,707 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Feb 17, 1865, Haunstetten near Augsburg – Feb 1, 1923, Berlin-Charlottenburg) is considered one of the leading theological diagnosticians of crises in the German classical modernity of the period around 1900. The author of a wide-ranging oeuvre, he pushed back the boundaries of systematic theology and transformed it into a cultural science (Cultural studies) of Christianity that was to demonstrate the compatibility of Christian faith with the modern standards of scientific ration…

Overbeck, Franz Camille

(893 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Nov 16, 1837, St. Petersburg – Jun 26, 1905, Basel), son of a German Protestant merchant and a Roman Catholic mother from a French family, after his initial schooling Overbeck studied in St. Petersburg, Paris, and Dresden; beginning in 1856, he studied Protestant theology at Leipzig, Göttingen, and Berlin, receiving his habilitation at Jena in 1864. In 1870 he accepted a call to Basel as associate professor of New Testament and early church history. The multilingual intellectual …

Patriotism

(384 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] The term patriotism first appeared in the 16th century, as a borrowing from Neo-Latin (derived from patria) and French ( patriotisme); in the classic discussions of political virtues, it stands for the close moral bond uniting the citizens with their homeland, to which they owe devotion, selflessness, loyalty, and love. The popularity of the term in the 18th century, especially in the moral weeklies, was closely connected with the invocation of public spirit, civic virtue, and national morality: beyo…

Wellhausen, Julius

(876 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (May 17, 1844, Hameln – Jan 7, 1918, Göttingen), the son of a conservative Lutheran pastor, studied Protestant theology at Göttingen, where he was strongly influenced by H. Ewald, who taught him Syriac and Arabic as well as biblical exegesis. In 1870 he received his Göttingen licentiate and habilitation in Old Testament; in 1872 he was appointed full professor at Greifswald. On the grounds that the “ecclesiastical and academic viewpoints” are fundamentally different and a professo…

International Association for Liberal Christianity and Religious Freedom

(158 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] In the wake of the initiatives set in motion by the Boston Unitarian Charles William Wendte, the international organization of religious liberals was founded on May 25, 1900 as the International Council of Unitarian and other Liberal Religious Thinkers and Workers on the occasion of the celebrations accompanying the 75th anniversary of the American Unitarian Association and the British and Foreign Unitarian Association. From 1910 to 1937, the Council or, from 1932, the “Internatio…

Dictionaries/Encyclopedias, Theological

(1,109 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] I. The exposition of Christian theological knowledge in lexicons, encyclopedias, and similar reference works has not yet been the subject of scholarly study by academic theology. Nevertheless, by focussing on this literary genre, which has been central to the theologies of all denominations since 1770, profound transformations of the academic e…

Hengstenberg, Ernst Wilhelm

(402 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Oct 20, 1802, Fröndenberg near Unna – May 28, 1869, Berlin), Protestant theologian and church politician. After intensive private tutoring from his father, a Reformed pastor, Hengstenberg studied oriental and classical philology in Bonn. Thanks to his mildly rationalist upbringing, he became enthusiastic about fraternities. He experienced an awakening in 1823/1824 in the neo-Pietist circles of the Basel Mission. Hengstenberg obtained his Habilitation in oriental studies in Berlin in 1824, but because of his close contacts with leading propo…

Frank, Franz Hermann Reinhold

(362 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (von) (Mar 25, 1827, Altenburg – Feb 7, 1894, Erlangen). From a rationalist pastor's family, Frank studied philosophy and Protestant theology (the latter primarily with G.C.A.v. Harleß) in Leipzig in 1845–51. After earning a double doctorate in 1850/51 and after an experience of religious revival, he taught secondary school (Gymnasium) and began researching the theology of the Formula of Concord ( Die Theologie der Concordienformel, 4 vols., 1858–65), offering a critique of “modern theology” in Lutheran terms. After his appointment in Erlangen…

Religion Conferences

(839 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] are more or less regularly organized international conferences attended by theologians, leaders, officials, and believers from different religions. The prototype of all religion conferences is the World’s Parliament of Religions hosted in 1893 in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. At this conference, university theologians and church leaders from all Christian denominations, as well as Reform Jewish (Reform Judaism) rabbis, theosophists (Theosophy), Hind…

Civilization

(1,329 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] I. The neologism “civilization,” probably coined around 1700 by French legal scholars with the Latin semantic field of civis (citizen), civilitas, and civiliter in mind, originally referred to the transformation of a criminal procedure into a civil procedure. Initially in French, English, and Spanish, but later also in other European languages including German, “civilization” soon acquired broad meaning in the history of philosophy. Civilization now stood both for the lifest…

Robertson, Frederick William

(256 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Feb 3, 1816, London – Aug 15, 1853, Brighton), Anglican theologian and social reformer. Robertson is considered one of the great, epoch-making preachers of the 19th century. After being ordained priest in Oxford, the stark confrontation with the catastrophic consequences of rapid capitalist industrialization in the poverty-stricken areas of Winchester and Cheltenham made such an impression on his sensibility that he suffered several nervous breakdowns. He was a Germanophile trans…

Lamparter, Eduard

(218 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Nov 21, 1860, Geislingen, Württemberg – Feb 24, 1945, Stuttgart), pastor in Stuttgart, president of the Evangelische Arbeitervereine of Württemberg, from 1913 Landtag deputy and from 1919 a delegate to the Landeskirchenversammlung (meeting of regional churches) drafting a constitution for the regional church. In the 1920s, Lamparter became active in the Verein zur Abwehr des Antisemitismus. In 1928 a collection of his essays was published under the title Evangelische Kirche und Judentum. He demanded legal and social equality for Jews, emphasized the…

Schmitt, Carl

(588 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jul 11, 1888, Plettenburg – Apr 7, 1985, Plettenburg), Roman Catholic jurisprudent and political theorist. Firmly rooted in the traditional Catholic milieu, Schmitt must be considered one of the most brilliant German intellectuals of the 20th century. Despite his partisan advocacy of the “German revolution” of the National Socialists – in part emotional and positional, in part opportunistic, Schmitt, a radical anti-Semite, exercised a strong influence even after his dismissal in …

Paulus, Heinrich Eberhard Gottlob

(552 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Sep 1, 1761, Leonberg – Aug 10, 1851, Heidelberg). After the early death of Paulus’s mother, his father was the major influence on his religious education. In 1771 the father was dismissed from his position as deacon by the Stuttgart Consistory on account of his mystical separatism. While still a seminary student in Tübingen, from 1781 Paulus developed basic elements of a critical rational exegesis, rejecting the supranaturalism (Rationalism) of his teacher G.C. Storr. He was hig…

Piper, Otto Alfred

(299 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Nov 29, 1891, Lichte, Thuringia – Feb 13, 1982, Princeton, USA). Piper’s mother, descended from French Huguenots, provided contacts with France that helped to shape his life. A forerunner of the youth movement, he expressed that generation’s typical criticism of capitalism and individualism. He was severely traumatized by voluntary service at the front, and in 1920, having gained his doctorate in Göttingen, he became a socialist advocate of pacifism and ecumenism ¶ (Ecumene). He rejected the identification of faith and politics made by Religious Soci…

Cremer, August Hermann

(773 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Oct 18, 1834, Unna – Oct 4, 1903, Greifswald), Protestant theologian. A graduate of the Gütersloh Protestant Gymnasium, from simple origins and shaped by the revival movement (Revival/Revival movements), he studied in Halle from 1853 with F.A.G. Tholuck and Julius Müller and in Tübingen from 1856 with J.T. Beck. Here he established a close friendship with M. Kähler. After a brief stay at the Wittenberg Seminary for Preachers, Cremer received the Lic.Theol. on the basis of his Die eschatologische Rede Jesu Christi Matthäi 24.25 (“The Eschatological Discou…

Tittmann, Johann August Heinrich

(259 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Aug 1, 1773, Langensalza – Dec 30, 1831, Leipzig). Tittmann’s father, Karl Christian Tittmann, later became chief consistorial councilor in Dresden. Tittmann studied philosophy and Protestant theology at Wittenberg and Leipzig, where in 1796 he was appointed associate professor, initially in the faculty of philosophy, then (1800) in the faculty of theology; in 1805 he was appointed full professor of theology. He was appointed to a number of church offices (a capitulary of Meißen …

Hausrath, Adolf

(392 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jan 13, 1837, Karlsruhe – Aug 2, 1909, Heidelberg), a Protestant church historian. The son of a prominent pastor from Baden, Hausrath studied Protestant theology and history from 1856 onward in liberal Jena, where K.A. v. Hase became his teacher and close friend. Following study visits to Göttingen, Berlin, and Heidelberg, Hausrath earned his Lic.theol. in Berlin with a study entitled Der Ketzermeister Konrad von Marburg (1861). After completing his curacy, he gained his Habilitation in Heidelberg in 1862 and was employed as an assessor in the…

Eucken, Rudolf Christoph

(384 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jan 5, 1846, Aurich – Sep 15, 1926, Jena), a fashionable philosopher of cultural Protestantism, studied classical philology and philosophy at Göttingen with R.H. Lotze and Gustav Teichmüller (1832–1888) from 1863 to 1867. While writing his dissertation on Aristotle's language, he corresponded with F.A. Trendelenburg. From 1871 to 1874 he …

Nation

(936 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] The Latin word natio (from nasci, “be born”) denotes the place of origin of a person or thing. Natio was the goddess of birth. The Latin word also meant a tribe or people. Since the Middle Ages, nation (or natio) has had a wide range of heterogeneous meanings. The medieval nationes of universities, councils, merchants, clerics, and nobility were not precursors of modern ideas of a nation, although clerics and landed nobility in the late Middle Ages developed notions of a German national consciousness or sense of a German Reich. Formulas using the word natio and references …

Sengelmann, Heinrich Matthias

(215 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (May 25, 1821, Hamburg – Feb 2, 1899, Alsterdorf, Hamburg). Sengelmann, brought up in an atmosphere of evangelistic Pietism, was a student and friend of F.A.G. Tholuck. As pastor in Moorfleet since 1846, in 1850 he opened a Christian Arbeitsschule (“activity school”) in his parsonage to help young people who had received no education because school attendance was not compulsory, ¶ preparing them for a vocation through instruction and practical training. The great demand led to the expansion of the school to Sankt Nikolai in Hamburg in 1853.…

Iwand, Hans Joachim

(303 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jul 11, 1899, Schreibendorf, Silesia [Pisary, Poland] – May 2, 1960, Bonn), systematic theologian and politically involved churchman. After studying theology at Breslau and Halle, he was appointed superintendent of studies at the Lutherheim in Königsberg. He received his doctorate in 1924 and gained his Habilitation in 1927. In 1934 he became instructor in New Testament at the Herder Institute in Riga. Deprived of his venia legendi for membership in the Confessing Church, he served from 1935 to 1937 as director of illegal seminaries in Bloestau…

Martensen, Hans Lassen

(280 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Aug 12, 1808, Flensburg – Feb 3, 1884, Copenhagen), Danish theologian and churchman. Influenced by the works of N.F.S. Grundtvig as ¶ a young student, he later turned to German Idealism. During a study tour in 1834, he made contact with such figures as P.K. Marheineke, F.W.J. Schelling, F.X. v. Baader, and N. Lenau. After receiving his doctorate in 1836, in 1840 he was appointed professor of systematic theology int Copenhagen. The politically divisive clergyman was appointed court chaplain in 1845 and…

Zahn-Harnack, Agnes von

(201 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jun 19, 1884, Gießen – May 22, 1950, Berlin), daughter of A. v. Harnack; journalist and campaigner for women’s rights. After teacher training and earning her Dr.phil. (1912), from 1914 to 1918 she tested a career in social planning concretely in the civil service. After joining the German Democratic Party in 1919, she earned a reputation as a high-profile, culturally sensitive internationally-minded organizer of the bourgeois women’s movement; from 1931 to 1933 she chaired the Fe…

Cultural Studies

(795 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] The term cultural studies (Ger. Kulturwissenschaft) appeared as early as the late 18th century. It gained programmatic content, however, only around 1900 in the controversies concerning the independence of the humanities in relation to the natural sciences and concerning the normative integration of modern capitalist mass societies shaped by multiple crises. Since the “linguistic turn” and the “culturalist turn” in the 1980s, it has served the trans-d…

Kahnis, Karl Friedrich August

(160 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Dec 22, 1814, Greiz, Vogtland – Jun 20, 1888, Leipzig). Kahnis became associate professor in Breslau (Warcław) in 1844 and professor of dogmatics in Leipzig in 1850. He emerged as a proponent of a moderate Lutheran confessionalism which is evident from his major work Die lutherische Dogmatik historisch-genetisch dargestellt [Lutheran dogmatics presented historically and genetically] (3 vols., 1861–1868; 2 vols., 21874/1875). His theology emphasizes Scripture and confession. In opposition to K.I. Nitzsch, he was critical of union (Unions, …

Emigration

(521 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] was originally an imperial legal term for the forced or desired emigration of Christian citizens to another jurisdiction primarily for religious reasons. In 1555, the Peace of Augsburg guaranteed Catholic subjects of Protestant rulers the right to depart with no tax obligation or departure fee ( emigrationis census). The degree to which a ruler could force citizens of other Christian confessions to emigrate remained contested. Detailed regulations for the ius emigrandi for adherents of the religious parties privileged under …

Trillhaas, Wolfgang

(316 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Oct 31, 1903, Nürnberg – Apr 24, 1995, Göttingen). From 1922 to 1926, Trillhaas studied philosophy and Protestant theology in Munich, Erlangen, and Göttingen. His Lutheranism was strongly influenced by P. Althaus, W. Elert, E. Hirsch, and the phenomenologist Alexander Pfänder. In 1931 he wrote a dissertation in philosophy on F. Nietzsche. In 1932 he received his Lic. theol. and in 1933 his habilitation with a thesis entitled Schleiermachers Predigt und das homiletische Problem; republished in 1975, it contributed to the renaissance of F.D.E. Schleierm…

Lagarde, Paul Anton de

(574 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (to 1854: P.A. Bötticher; Nov 2, 1827, Berlin – Dec 22, 1891, Göttingen), Near ¶ Eastern scholar and cultural philosopher. Lagarde may be considered a classic representative of modern intellectual religiosity (Religiousness among intellectuals); thanks to his great sensitivity to the antagonism between social modernization and purposive-rational conduct of life, he sought through religio-historical research to instigate a national religious renewal of German culture. An unhappy childhood resulted in a labile psychological constitution and a pr…

Reuter, Hermann

(335 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Aug 31, 1817, Hildesheim – Sep 17, 1889, Kreiensen). In 1837 Reuter began studying Protestant theology in Göttingen; in 1838 he moved to Berlin, where he combined theology with history and philosophy. Close friendly exchange of ideas with Rudolf v. Ihering (later a renowned jurist) and attentiveness to the political historicism of the universal historians confirmed him in a “historical method” that admitted no difference between so-called secular historians and church historians.…

Inner Emigration

(317 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] The origin of the term is disputed. Some point to L. Uhland's Auswanderung in die Ver-¶ gangenheit [Emigration into the past] (1848), some to the author Frank Thiess (1890–1977), who claimed the term, which quickly became prominent after 1933, as his own. Inner emigration and its synonyms such as “emigration inward” or “spiritual exile” refer to the non-political habitus of artists and authors such as J. Klepper, R. Schneider, and W. Bergengruen under the conditions of the National Socialist dict…

Marheineke, Philipp Konrad

(440 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (May 1, 1780, Hildesheim – May 31, 1846, Berlin), theologian and church historian. After studying Protestant theology and philosophy in Göttingen with G.J. Planck, C.F. v. Ammon, K.F. Stäudlin, and J.G. Eichhorn, Marheineke received his Dr.Phil. in 1803 from Erlangen. In 1804 he was appointed lecturer on the Protestant faculty at Erlangen and in 1805 associate professor of church history and university preacher. From 1807 to 1811 he was professor of New Testament, practical theolo…

Troeltsch

(2,016 words)

Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Troeltsch, Ernst Peter Wilhelm (17.2.1865 Haunstetten bei Augsburg – 1.2.1923 Berlin-Charlottenburg) T. gilt als führender theol. Krisendiagnostiker im Deutschland der klassischen Moderne um 1900. Mit einem thematisch weit gespannten Oeuvre entgrenzte er die Syst. Theol. zu einer Kulturwissenschaft des Christentums, die die distinkte »Zusammenbestehbarkeit« des christl. Glaubens mit modernen wiss. Rationalitätsstandards erweisen sollte. T. publizierte ideen- wie kulturhist. Studien zum Ne…

Ronge

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Ronge, Johannes (16.10.1813 Bischofswalde, Schlesien – 26.10.1887 Döbling bei Wien). Der einflußreichste Vertreter des Deutschkatholizismus kam aus einer streng kirchl. Bauernfamilie. Im Breslauer Studium der Theol. und Philos. 1836–1839 begeisterte sich der Burschenschaftler für die Kulturideale von Aufklärung und dt. Idealismus sowie die Emanzipationsforderungen der Frühliberalen. Seit 1841 Kaplan in Grottkau, wurde er am 30.1.1843 wegen einer im »Sächsischen Vaterlandsblatt« Ro…

Sakraltransfer

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] . Die Ursprünge des Begriffs transfert de sacralité liegen noch im dunkeln. Der früheste derzeit bekannte Beleg stammt aus Arbeiten der Historikerin Mona Ozouf, die seit 1976 die Symbolwelten, Riten und »impliziten Theologien« (Assmann) in den Festen der Französischen Revolution erforscht. Durch synkretistische Verknüpfung von paganen, christl. und maurerischen Symbolen und zeremoniellen Gesten sei ein nachchristl. polit.-rel. Kultus entworfen worden, in dem sich die revolutionär…

Robertson

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Robertson, Frederick William (3.2.1816 London – 15.8.1853 Brighton). Der anglik. Theologe und Sozialreformer gilt als einer der großen, rel. Epoche machenden Prediger des 19.Jh. Nach der 1840 erfolgten Priesterweihe in Oxford wurde der sensible R. in den Armenvierteln von Winchester und Cheltenham so hart mit den katastrophalen Folgewirkungen schneller kapitalistischer Industrialisierung konfrontiert, daß er mehrere psychische Zusammenbrüche erlitt. Als Pfarrer der engl. Kirche in …

Paulus

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Paulus, Heinrich Eberhard Gottlob (1.9.1761 Leonberg – 10.8.1851 Heidelberg). Nach dem frühen Tod der Mutter prägte der 1771 vom Stuttgarter Consistorium wegen seines myst. Separatismus als Diacon entlassene Vater P.' rel. Erziehung. Schon als Tübinger Stiftsstudent entwickelte P. in Absage an den Supranaturalismus (Rationalismus) seines Lehrers G. Ch. Storr seit 1781 Grundelemente einer krit.-rationalen Exegese. Bei einer 1784 bis 1786 unternommenen Studienreise durch Deutschland, …

Zeitgeschichte, Kirchliche

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] . Der schon Mitte des 17.Jh. nachweisbare, aber erst seit 1800 gebräuchliche dt. Begriff »Z.« wird nicht deckungsgleich mit Begriffen wie contemporary history oder histoire contemporaine verwendet. Im engl. und franz. Wissenschaftskontext bez. die Begriffe relativ lange Perioden der modernen Gesch., wohingegen der aktuelle dt. Sprachgebrauch stark durch die Katastrophen der eur. Gesch. im »age of extremes« (Weltkrieg, Erster; Nationalsozialismus; Totalitarismus; Weltkrieg, Zweite…

Schneckenburger

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Schneckenburger, Matthias (17.1.1804 Thalheim bei Tuttlingen – 3.6.1848 Bern). Der ältere Bruder des Schriftstellers Max Sch., dessen 1840 vf. »Die Wacht am Rhein« zur wichtigsten dt. Kriegshymne im Krieg 1870/71 wurde, durchlief schnell die Institutionen der württembergischen Theologenausbildung. 1826 hörte er in Berlin F. Schleiermacher, Ph.K. Marheineke, A. Neander und G.W. F. Hegel. Als Tübinger Stiftsrepetent konnte der erst 23jährige die sog. Geniepromotion um D.F. Strauß, C…

Vischer

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Vischer, Friedrich Theodor (ab 1870 v.; 30.6.1807 Ludwigsburg – 14.9.1887 Gmunden). Nach dem Studium der ev. Theol., Philos. und Philol. in Tübingen (Dr. theol. 1832; 1833 Stiftsrepetent) habilitierte sich der Pfarrerssohn, Schüler F. Ch. Baurs, Jugendfreund und zeitweilige theol. Sympathisant von D.F. Strauß dort 1836 für Ästhetik und dt. Lit. Als Prof. für Literaturgesch. (1844 Tübingen, unter »Pantheismus«-Verdacht zwei Jahre suspendiert; 1855 Zürich, 1866 Stuttgart) und einfluß…

Wagner

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Wagner, Falk (25.2.1939 Wien – 18.11.1998 ebd.). Nach dem Studium der ev. Theol., v.a. bei H.W. Wolff und Wolfhart Pannenberg, und Philos., bes. bei Th.W. Adorno und Wolfgang Cramer, wurde der aus bürgerlicher Familie stammende, früh in der biblizistisch-wertkonservativen »Heliand«-Pfadfinderschaft engagierte W. 1969 in München mit »Der Gedanke der Persönlichkeit Gottes bei Fichte und Hegel« zum Dr. theol. promoviert. Die Habil. erfolgte hier im Wintersemester 1971/72 mit einer »k…

Zivilisation.

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] I. Der wohl um 1700 von franz. Rechtsgelehrten mit Blick auf das lat. semantische Feld von civis (Bürger), civilitas und civiliter geprägte Neologismus civilisation bez. urspr. die Überführung eines Strafprozesses in einen Zivilprozeß. Zunächst im Franz., Engl. und Span., später auch in weiteren eur. Sprachen einschließlich des Dt. gewann Z. bald einen geschichtsphilos. umfassenden Bedeutungsgehalt: Z. stand nun sowohl für einen in Lebensformen, sozialen Praktiken, öfftl. Moral, …

Nowak

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Nowak, Kurt (28.10.1942 Leipzig – 31.12.2001 ebd.). Nach seinem Abitur 1961 verweigerte N. den Wehrdienst und begann 1964 – nach Tätigkeit am Städtischen Theater und sodann der Leipziger Spielgemeinde – ein Theologiestudium. Mit der kirchenhist. Diss. »Euthanasie und Sterilisierung im Dritten Reich« (1971), einer germ. Schleiermacher-Diss. bei Claus Träger (1984) und der »Diss. B« über »Ev. Kirche und Weimarer Republik« (1981) fand der führende DDR-Kirchenhistoriker seiner Generat…

Rust

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Rust, Isaak (14.10.1796 Mußbach in der Rheinpfalz – 14.12.1862 München). R. studierte seit 1815 in Heidelberg Philos. und Theol.; Dr. phil. 1820. Dank freundschaftlicher Kontakte zu G.W. F. Hegel schrieb der Pfarrer von Ungstein »Philos. und Christenthum oder Wissen und Glauben« (1825, 21833), um den positionellen Pluralismus von Rationalismus, Vermittlungstheologie (Begriff bei R.!) und konfessionalistischer Restaurationstheol. spekulativ-vernünftig aufzuheben. Der Pfarrer der franz.-ref. Gemeinde in Erlangen konnte …

Sengelmann

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Sengelmann, Heinrich Matthias (25.5.1821 Hamburg – 3.2.1899 Alsterdorf, Hamburg). Seit 1846 Pastor in Moorfleet, gründete der pietistisch-erwecklich sozialisierte S., ein Schüler und Freund F.A. G. Tholucks, im Pastorat 1850 eine »christl. Arbeitsschule«, um Jungen, die mangels Schulzwang keine Ausbildung erhalten hatten, durch Unterricht und praktische Übungen Wege zur Berufstätigkeit zu bahnen. Wegen großer Nachfrage wurde die Arbeitsschule 1853 zum St. Nikolaistift erweitert. Al…

Zahn-Harnack

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Zahn-Harnack, Agnes v. (19.6.1884 Gießen – 22.5.1950 Berlin), Publizistin, Frauenrechtlerin. Nach Lehrerinnenausbildung und Promotion (Dr. phil. 1912) erprobte die Tochter A.v. Harnacks 1914–1918 konkret planendes soziales Engagement im Verwaltungsdienst. Seit 1919 Mitglied der DDP, gewann Z. Profil als kultursensible, medienpräsente und international orientierte Organisatorin der bürgerlichen Frauenbewegung (1931–1933 Vorsitzende des Bundes Dt. Frauenvereine; s.a. Deutscher Akade…

Völkische Theologie

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] . Genese und diskursive Kontexte der seit spätestens 1880 nachweisbaren Formel sind kaum erforscht. Auch fehlen Studien über mögliche Äquivalente in anderen eur. Sprachen. In wissenssoziologischen Begriffen läßt sich v. Theol. als eine spezifisch moderne Emanzipationsideologie bzw. als eine auf das Volk als kollektives Handlungssubjekt bezogene Befreiungstheologie deuten. Unbeschadet aller rel., theol. und polit. Differenzen stimmen die Produzenten v. Theol. ausnahmslos im normat…

Schmitt

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Schmitt,  Carl (11.7.1888 Plettenberg – 7.4.1985 ebd.), röm.-kath. Jurist und Theoretiker des Politischen. Der fest in traditionalem kath. Milieu verwurzelte Sch. gilt als einer der brillantesten dt. Intellektuellen des 20.Jh. Trotz seiner teils pathetisch-konfessorischen, teils opportunistischen Parteinahme für die »dt. Revolution« der Nationalsozialisten übte der radikale Antisemit auch nach der Entlassung 1945 und zweijähriger Haft einen starken Einfluß aus, indem er jüngere Ge…

Religious economics

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] (Religionsökonomie). In Studien zu den ökumenischen Bewegungen des 20.Jh. hatte der Soziologe Peter L. Berger 1963 »A Market Model for the Analysis of Ecumenicity« entwickelt. Seine These: Beendigung konfessioneller Kulturkämpfe und ökum. Kooperationsprozesse zw. traditionell rivalisierenden Konfessionskirchen folgten auch zweckrational pragmatischen Nutzenkalkülen. Inspiriert von der neoliberalen Chicago School der Wirtschaftswiss., machten Religionsökonomen wie Roger Finke, Lau…

Rosenstock-Huessy

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Rosenstock-Huessy, Eugen (6.7.1888 Berlin – 23.2.1973 Norwich, VT, USA), Jurist, Kulturphilosoph, Soziologe. Der einer jüd. Bankiersfamilie entstammende R. war ein rel. Intellektueller von hoher Kreativität. Studien in sehr unterschiedlichen Feldern der Kulturwissenschaften verband er mit Sinnsuche, Moralpäd. und linksbürgerlicher Sozialreform. 17jährig konvertierte er 1905 zum Protestantismus. Nach dem Studium der Rechtswiss., Gesch. und Philol. in Zürich, Berlin und Heidelberg w…

Rothe

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Rothe, Richard (28.1.1799 Posen – 20.8.1867 Heidelberg). Im Theologiestudium in Heidelberg seit 1817 und in Berlin seit 1819 hörte der einzige Sohn einer höheren preußischen Beamtenfamilie u.a. C. Daub, G.W. F. Hegel und A. Neander. Im Hause Neanders gewann er F.A. G. Tholuck als Freund, der ihn gemeinsam mit Neander für die Erweckungsbewegung begeisterte. 21jährig legte R. im Herbst 1820 glanzvoll das Erste Theol. Examen in Berlin ab, so daß er für zwei Jahre in das von Heinrich …

Reuter

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Reuter, Hermann (31.8.1817 Hildesheim – 17.9.1889 Kreiensen). 1837 begann R. in Göttingen das Studium der ev. Theol., das er 1838 in Berlin mit Historie und Philos. verband. Enger freundschaftlicher Austausch mit dem später berühmten Juristen Rudolf v. Ihering und hohe Aufmerksamkeit für den polit. Historismus der Allgemeinhistoriker bestärkten ihn in einer »hist. Methode«, die keinerlei Differenz zw. sog. Profanhistorikern und Kirchenhistorikern zuließ. Dank starker syst. Interes…

Religionskongresse

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] . Der Begriff R. bez. zumeist mehr oder minder regelmäßig veranstaltete internationale Konferenzen von Theologen, »Führern«, Funktionären und Gläubigen unterschiedlicher Rel. Vorbild ist das 1893 in Verbindung mit »The World's Columbia Exposition« in Chicago veranstaltete World's Parliament of Religion (Weltparlament der Religionen), bei dem in vager Ideenassoziation zu frühneuzeitlichen Toleranzgesprächen von Gelehrten verschiedener Rel. sich Universitätstheologen und »Kirchenfü…

Politische Religion

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] . Die Ursprünge des analog zu »politische Theologie« gebildeten Begriffs liegen im dunkeln. Wahrscheinlich handelt es sich um einen Neologismus der »Sattelzeit« des späten 18. und frühen 19.Jh. K.G. Bretschneider diente der Begriff zur Analyse von Vermittlungszusammenhängen zw. rel.-konfessioneller Fraktionierung und polit. Parteienbildung. Johann Christian Karl Herbig erklärte in seinem »Wörterbuch der Sittenlehre« 1834: »Rel., polit., ist eine solche, deren letzter Zweck sich a…

Patriotismus

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] . Der seit dem 16.Jh. nachweisbare, aus dem Neulat. (abgeleitet von patria) und dem Franz. (patriotisme) übernommene Begriff stand in den klassischen polit. Tugenddiskursen für eine enge moralische Bindung des Bürgers an sein Vaterland, dem er Hingebung, Opferbereitschaft, Treue und Liebe schuldig sei. Die Konjunktur des Begriffs im 18.Jh., v.a. in den Moralischen Wochenschriften, war eng mit der Beschwörung von Gemeinsinn, Bürgertugend und Staatsmoral verbunden: Über die innerli…

Trillhaas

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Trillhaas, Wolfgang (31.10.1903 Nürnberg – 24.4.1995 Göttingen), studierte 1922–1926 Philos. und ev. Theol. in München, Erlangen und Göttingen, stark luth. beeinflußt durch P. Althaus, W. Elert, E. Hirsch und den Phänomenologen Alexander Pfänder. 1931 philos. Diss. über F. Nietzsche, 1932 Lic. Theol., 1933 Habil. über »Schleiermachers Predigt und das homiletische Problem«, die in 2. Aufl. 1975 zur praktisch-theol. Renaissance F. Schleiermachers beitrug. Nach Lehrstuhlvertretungen …

Pfleiderer

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Pfleiderer, Otto (1.9.1839 Stetten im Remstal – 18.7.1908 Groß Lichterfelde bei Berlin). Der letzte Repräsentant der Tübinger Schule F. Ch. Baurs entwickelte Modelle der Religionsgesch. des Urchristentums, in denen Jesu Judesein betont und Paulus dank seiner Kritik an den »Orientalismen« von Jesu Predigt und entschiedener »Hellenisierung« zum entscheidenden Begründer der christl. Rel. erklärt wurde. Mit den hist. Methoden der vergleichenden Religionswiss. wollte P. das Christentum…

Overbeck

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Overbeck, Franz Camille (16.11.1837 St. Petersburg – 26.6.1905 Basel). Der Sohn eines dt. prot. Kaufmanns und einer aus Frankreich stammenden röm.-kath. Mutter studierte nach Schuljahren in St. Petersburg, Paris und Dresden seit 1856 in Leipzig, Göttingen und Berlin ev. Theol. Der Jenaer Habil. 1864 folgte 1870 ein Ruf als Extraordinarius für NT und ältere Kirchengesch. nach Basel. Der mehrsprachig erzogene Bildungsbürger fühlte sich hier bleibend als Fremder, lehnte aber auch das …

Renan

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Renan, Joseph Ernest (27.2.1823 Tréguier, Bretagne – 2.10.1892 Paris). Der franz. Religionshistoriker und Orientalist studierte zunächst röm.-kath. Theol., Philos. und Philol. am kirchl. Grand Séminaire von St. Sulpice in Paris. Begeistert rezipierte er die dt. idealistische Philos. und die Werke der Tübinger Schule F. Ch. Baurs, v.a. D.F. Strauß' »Leben Jesu«. In jugendlichem Freiheits- und Wissensdrang verließ er kurz vor der Subdiakonatsweihe 1845 das Seminar. Pathetisch legte e…

Vaterland

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] I. Dogmatisch Begriffe wie V., Vaterlandsliebe, Patriotismus spielen seit dem 18.Jh. in der Verkündigung aller christl. Kirchen und in den Diskursen akademischer Theologen eine zentrale Rolle, beeinflussen aber spätestens seit M. Mendelssohn auch jüd. Selbstverständigungsdebatten. Angesichts der eklatanten methodischen Rückständigkeit der kirchen- und theologiehist. Forschung fehlen begriffs- und diskurshist. Studien zu rel. Konnotationen des Begriffsgebrauchs, zur Vaterlandsrheto…

Nation

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] . Der von lat. nasci, »geboren werden«, abgeleitete Begriff natio bez. die lokale Herkunft einer Person oder Sache. Natio ist die Göttin der Geburt. Im Lat. bedeutete der Begriff auch Volksstamm und Völkerschaft. Seit dem MA umfaßte N. ein vielschichtiges Feld heterogener Bedeutungen. Die ma. Universitäts-, Konzils-, Kaufmanns-, Kleriker- und Adels-Nationes stellen keine Vorläufer moderner Nationsideen dar, auch wenn Kleriker und Landadelige im Spät-MA Vorstellungen eines dt. Nat…

Strauß

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Strauß, David Friedrich (27.1.1808 Ludwigsburg – 8.2.1874 ebd.), prot. Theologe und freier Schriftsteller. Als Sohn eines verarmenden Kaufmanns besuchte S. die Lateinschule in Ludwigsburg und seit 1821 das niedere Seminar Blaubeuren. Hier begegnete er F. Ch. Baur, der sein prägender Lehrer wurde. Mit den Freunden Ch. Märklin, F. Th. Vischer und Wilhelm Zimmermann, später ein prominenter liberaler Historiker des dt. Bauernkriegs, ging S.1825 ins Tübinger Stift (Tübingen: II.). Neben…

Sattelzeit

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] . Der für die begriffsgesch. Forschung dt. Historiker zentrale Begriff wurde spontan von Reinhard Koselleck bei der Planung des vom »Arbeitskreis für moderne Sozialgesch.« verantworteten Lexikons »Gesch. Grundbegriffe. Hist. Lexikon zur polit.-sozialen Sprache in Deutschland« (Bde.1–8/2, 1972–1997) geprägt. Dabei mögen Assoziationen an das u.a. von H. Freyer und C. Schmitt entwickelte Konzept der sog. Achsenzeiten mitgespielt haben. Der 1923 geborene Koselleck, führender Theoreti…

Piper

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Piper, Otto Alfred (29.11.1891 Lichte, Thüringen – 13.2.1982 Princeton, USA). Die von franz. Hugenotten abstammende Mutter vermittelte P. prägende Frankreichkontakte. Der Vordenker der Jugendbewegung vertrat die generationstypische Kritik an Kapitalismus und Individualismus. Bei freiwilligem Fronteinsatz schwer traumatisiert, engagierte sich der 1920 in Göttingen promovierte Sozialist für Pazifismus und Ökumene. Die von Religiösen Sozialisten und luth. Volksnomos-Theologen vertret…

Tittmann

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[English Version] Tittmann, Johann August Heinrich (1.8.1773 Langensalza – 30.12.1831 Leipzig). Der Sohn des späteren Dresdener Oberkonsistorialrats Karl Christian T. studierte Philos. und ev. Theol. in Wittenberg und Leipzig, wo er als a.o. Prof. zunächst in der Philos. Fakultät (1796), dann in der Theol. Fakultät (1800) lehrte und 1805 zum o. Prof. der Theol. ernannt wurde. T. übernahm eine Vielzahl kirchl. Ämter (u.a. 1815 Domherr in Meißen), prägte das kirchennahe Vereinswesen Leipzigs (u.a. Vors…

Rust, Isaak

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Oct 14, 1796, Mußbach in the Rhine­land Palatinate – Dec 14, 1862, Munich) began studying philosophy and theology at Heidelberg in 1815, receiving his Dr.Phil. in 1820. Thanks to friendly contacts with G.W.F. Hegel, the pastor of Ungstein wrote Philosophie und Christenthum, oder Wissen und Glauben (1825, 21833), using the tools of speculative rationalism to resolve the positional pluralism of rationalism, mediation theology (his term), and restorative confessional theology. While pastor of the French ¶ Reformed congregation in Erlangen, he was able to e…

Eisenach Conference

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] After the end of the old Reich and the associated dissolution of the Corpus evangelicorum the regional churches ( Landeskirchen) of the German Protestant church no longer had a joint representative body. Following controversies in the ¶ media about a new all-Protestant body and negotiations moderated by M.A. v. Bethmann Hollweg which took place after 1846 in Berlin between representatives of the regional churches, in 1850 a number of church …

Schneckenburger, Matthias

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jan 17, 1804, Thalheim, near Tuttlingen – Jun 3, 1848, Bern), elder brother of the writer Max Schneckenburger, author of the 1840 “Die Wacht am Rhein” (“The Watch on the Rhine”), the most important German patriotic anthem during the 1870/1871 Franco-Prussian War. Matthias rapidly completed all the stages of theological education in Württemberg. In Berlin in 1826 he attended the lectures of F.D.E. Schleiermacher, P.K. Marheineke, J.W.A. Neander, and G.W.F. Hegel. As a lecturer at the Tübingen Stift at the age of 23, he belonged to the Geniepromotion class that inclu…

Hahn, August

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Mar 27, 1792, Großosterhausen – May 13, 1863, Wrocław [Ger. Breslau], Poland), Protestant theologian. At the age of eight, Hahn lost his father, a cantor. His pietistic mother shaped his religion. In rationalist Leipzig, he studied Protestant theology and oriental philology. After three years as tutor, Carl Ludwig Nitzsch, Johann Friedrich Schleusner and Heinrich Leonhard Heubner in the Wittenberg seminary brought him back to revivalist piety and supranaturalism in 1817. In 1819,…

Dechristianization

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] I. History of the Concept – II. Concept in Cultural Studies I. History of the Concept Dechristianization can be identified since c. 1820 as a translation for déchristianisation, which was coined in the struggles over religious policy in the French Revolution. Déchristianiser initially referred to the spontaneous acts of violence by lower-class groups against the church, that is, the theft of church property, the destruction of churches, and the execution …

Lieb, Fritz

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (June 10, 1892, Rothenfluh, Switzerland – Nov 6, 1970, Basel), Reformed theologian. Lieb, who was fascinated by the religious socialism of H. Kutter and L. Ragaz, studied Assyriology and then (1915) theology. After joining the Swiss Social Democratic Party, he was involved in demonstrations against the war and clashes in Basel during the general strike of 1919. In 1920, impressed by the October Revolution, the Slavophile joined the Communist Party and collected books and liturgical objects of Russian Orthodoxy. Lieb, also a friend of K. Barth, received his Habilitati…

Gerlach

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] 1. Ludwig Friedrich Leopold von (Oct 17, 1790, Berlin – Jan 10, 1861, Potsdam). In 1806, after graduating from ¶ the Prussian military academy, Gerlach fought against Napoleon. Following the Prussian defeat, he studied law (in particular with F.K. v. Savigny and Gustav Hugo), joining the Christlich-deutsche Tischgesellschaft and the Maikäferei group that grew out of it. Promoted to officer status in the Wars of Liberation, he remained in the military; in 1826 he was appointed personal adjutant to the…

Germanization of Christianity

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] This expression was coined in 1896 by the liberal Protestant clergyman Arthur Bonus, who combined old antithetical notions of “Romanism” and “Germanism” with P.A. de Lagarde's call for a new “national religion” in a program designed to “modernize” the traditional elements of Christianity on the basis of German national culture. His modern neo-Germanic concept of Christianity was intended to infuse a uniform ethos into the disintegrating society of imperial Germany. Especially among the culturally critical haute-bourgeoisie, a feeling of distress in the f…

Fascism

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] I. The Term – II. Italian Fascism – III. Fascism and Christianity – IV. Fascism and the German Public I. The Term Fascism, the term for a very significant aspect of 20th-century politics, has a wide range of meanings. It was initially used for Benito Mussolini's system of authoritarian-corporatist rule in Italy from 1922 to 1943/45. Even in the 1920s, nationalist protest movements (Nationalism) in other European countries were taking up the concept of fascism in order to legitimize their struggle a…

Lehmus, Adam Theodor Albert Franz

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Dec 2, 1777, Soest – Aug 18, 1837, Nuremberg), theologian. As a student in Halle an der Saale and Jena, Lehmus was enthused by Rationalism, I. Kant's criticism, and J.G. Fichte's idealism. A deacon from 1807 in Dinkelsbühl and Ansbach, he initially espoused, with F. Schelling and G. Hegel, a speculative theology in order to prove the internal rationality of the symbols of faith. After his appointment in 1814 as associate professor of theology and preacher at the university church…

Jaeger, Werner Wilhelm

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jul 30, 1888, Lobberich – Oct 19, 1961, Boston), a classical philologist, studied philosophy and ancient philology beginning in 1907 in Marburg and Berlin, became an instructor in Berlin in 1914, and was professor in Basel (1914), Kiel (1915), and Berlin (1921). He was dismissed from the Prussian civil service in 1936 at his own request for political and family reasons and emigrated to the United States, where he was professor in Chicago (1937) and Harvard (from 1939). After defi…

Rosenstock-Huessy, Eugen

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jul 6, 1888, Berlin – Feb 23, 1973, Norwich, VT), jurisprudent, cultural philosopher, and sociologist. Rosenstock-Huessy, from a Jewish banking family, was a highly creative religious intellectual. He combined studies in diverse fields of cultural studies with a search for meaning, moral education, and center-left social reform. In 1905, at the age of 17, he converted to Protestantism. After studying law, history, and philosophy in Zürich, Berlin, and Heidelberg, he received his …

Wendland, Heinz-Dietrich

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jun 22, 1900, Berlin – Aug 7, 1992, Hamburg) grew up in the “nationalistic German tradition of the Protestant parsonage” ( Wege, 18); in 1913 he joined the Wandervogel (Jugendbewegung) and in 1919 the Wingolf. In 1921 he was a co-founder of the Jungnationaler Bund. Beginning in 1919, he studied theology in Berlin and Heidelberg. In 1924 ¶ he received his doctorate under Willy Lüttge with a dissertation on A.E. Biedermann; in 1929 he received his habilitation under M. Dibelius with a thesis on the eschatology of the kingdom of God in the…

Heydenreich, August Ludwig Christian

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Jul 25, 1773, Wiesbaden – Sep 26, 1858, Wiesbaden). During his studies at Erlangen, Heydenreich became strongly critical of theological rationalism and the Kantian critical method. His Romantic supranaturalism was influenced by F.D.E. Schleiermacher and the revival movement. After a series of pastorates, in 1818 he received a call to the Protestant seminary in Herborn. An advocate of a united Lutheran/Reformed church, he rejected historical-critical exegesis in three volumes of studies entitled Ueber die Unzulässigkeit der mythischen Auffassung des H…

Ronge, Johannes

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Oct 16, 1813, Bischofswalde, Silesia – Oct 26, 1887, Döbling near Vienna), the most influential representative of German Catholicism. He came from a farming family with strict church convictions. While studying theology and philosophy in Breslau from 1836 to 1839, Ronge belonged to a student fraternity and was an enthusiastic supporter of the cultural ideals of the Enlightenment and German Idealism, and also of the early liberals’ demands for emancipation. From 1841 he was chapla…

Renan, Joseph Ernest

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Feb 27, 1823, Tréguier, Brittany– Oct 2, 1892, Paris). Ernest Renan, French historian of religion and scholar of ancient New Eastern studies, began by studying Roman Catholic theology, philosophy, and philology at the ecclesiastical Grand Séminaire of St. Sulpice in Paris. Full of enthusiasm, he absorbed the works of German Idealist philosophy and of F.C. Baur’s Tübingen School, especially D.F. Strauß’s Leben Jesu. His youthful desire for freedom and knowledge caused him to leave the seminary in 1845, shortly before his ordination as subdea…

Fatherland

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] I. Dogmatics – II. Ethics I. Dogmatics Since the 18th century, terms such as fatherland, love for the fatherland and patriotism have played a central role in the proclamation of all Christian churches and in the discourse of academic theologians, and have also influenced debates on Jewish self-understanding at least since M. Mendelssohn. In view of the striking methodical reticence of scholarship in church history and the history of theology, there is a deficit of historical terminolog…

Rupp, Julius

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Author(s): Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm
[German Version] (Aug 13, Königsberg [Kaliningrad] – Jul 11, 1884, Königsberg). After studying philosophy and Protestant theology, Rupp went on to the seminary in Wittenberg. From 1832 to 1845 he taught at the Altstädisches Gymnasium in Königsberg, and from 1832 to 1851 he was a lecturer in the Königsberg faculty of theology. In 1842 he was appointed Divisionspfarrer and was ordained on Apr 22. Five days later he was also chosen as pastor of the Reformed congregation. Rupp, a religious rationalist and political liberal, criticized the renewed confessi…
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