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Rechristianisierung

(775 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
Mit R. bezeichnet man seit dem letzten Drittel des 19. Jh.s das Ziel relig.-polit. Anstrengungen, dem Rückgang des gelebten und des öffentlich präsenten Christentums, d. h. der Säkularisierung und Dechristianisierung Europas und Nordamerikas, sowie auch der Religionskritik zu begegnen [1]; [3]. Allerdings war die relig. Entwicklung schon bald nach der Reformation von religiösen Reformbewegungen geprägt, denen die kirchenkritische Diagnose zugrunde lag, dass das Christentum weithin nur als Namenschristentum oder rechte Lehre existiere, nicht ab…

Bibelkritik

(1,887 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
1. Begriff »B.« bildet, wie die eng verwandte »Bibelwissenschaft«, den Oberbegriff für die methodengeleitete, kritische Exegese ( die Auslegung alt- und neutestamentlicher kanonisch-biblischer Texte sowie auch apokrypher und deuterokanonischer (i. e. dem nur in der Septuaginta überlieferten Kanon angehörender) Schriften. Im Rückgriff auf Prinzipien der antiken Philologie bildete sich in der Nz. ein festes historisch-kritisches Methodeninstrumentarium heraus (Textkritik; Historische Methode). Seine Auslegungsgr…

Kirchenstatistik

(787 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
Der Versuch, Massenerscheinungen zahlenmäßig, d. h. statistisch, zu erfassen, lässt sich in den Hochkulturen bis in das 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr. zurückverfolgen. In der Nz. entwickelte sich die Statistik auf verschiedenen Gebieten (z. B. im 17. Jh. die Universitätsstatistik, dann die politische Arithmetik). Grundlegend war das Bemühen, gesetzmäßige Strukturen zu erfassen – ein Anliegen, das im theologischen Bereich, aufklärerischem Duktus folgend, in einen Gottesbeweis münden konnte [3]. Bereits die ma. Verwaltungen kommunalen und kirchlichen Zuschnitts lief…

Transzendenz/Immanenz

(1,970 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
1. Begriffe Der Begriff T. (von lat. transcendere, »überschreiten«; »hinüberschreiten«) ist stets mit dem Gegenbegriff I. verbunden (von lat. immanere, »darinbleiben«, zuerst als mlat. immanentia belegt). T. bezeichnet das Hinausgehen über eine Grenze, I. das Gegenteil – zwei anthropologische Konstanten. Der Mensch vermag sich selbst und seine Umwelt intentional zu transzendieren, ebenso wie er bei sich und in seiner Welt bleiben wollen kann. T. ist ein Ausdruck für die wie auch immer begründete Annahme, dass etwas über den …

Modernismus

(628 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
Der Begriff M. (von lat. modo, »soeben«, »jetzt«; vgl. Moderne) weist eine enorme Bedeutungsbreite und eine spezifische histor. Tiefendimension auf. Seit Mitte des 19. Jh.s steht er für Positionen in Literatur, Kunst, Musik und Architektur, doch dominiert der kirchliche Kontext seiner Verwendung. In Fortführung der schon antiken Opposition des »Alten« gegen das (wirklich oder vermeintlich) »Neue« begann sich seit dem frühen MA die Prägung modernus als Kennzeichnung einer Gegenwart durchzusetzen, die dem Vergangenen überlegen sein will (vgl. Moderne). Seit dem 10. Jh. …

Ecclesiastical statistics

(864 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
Attempts to record mass phenomena in numbers, that is, statistically, go all the way back to the high cultures of the 3rd millennium BCE. In the modern period statistics developed in various areas (e.g. in university statistics in the 17th century, then political arithmetic). Basic to this were efforts to record legal structures - a concern which, under Enlightenment influence, was to lead in the theological field to proofs of the existence of God [3].The medieval administrations of a communal and ecclesiastical character provide comprehensive material for historic…
Date: 2019-10-14

Biblical criticism

(2,095 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
1. Concept “Biblical criticism”, like the related “biblical scholarship,” is the umbrella term for method-led critical exegesis, the interpretation of Old and New Testament canonical biblical texts as well as apocryphal and deuterocanonical writings (i.e. the canon transmitted only in the Septuagint). Using principles of ancient philology, a solid historical-critical set of methodological tools formed from this in the modern period (Textual criticism; Historical method). Its interpretative premise…
Date: 2019-10-14

Steffens

(301 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[English Version] Steffens,  Henrik (2.5.1773 Stavanger, Norwegen [damals zu Dänemark] – 13.2.1845 Berlin), 1790 Studium der Naturgesch. in Kopenhagen und Kiel, hier 1796 PD. 1798 reiste S. nach Jena. Die »Wissenschaftslehre« J.G. Fichtes und insbes. F.W. J. Schellings »Ideen zu einer Philos. der Natur« (1797) sowie seine »Weltseele« (1798) wurden zum entscheidenden Datum. In Freiberg studierte S. an der Bergakademie und publizierte, J.W.v. Goethe gewidmet, 1801 »Beyträge zur innern Naturgesch. der…

Paulsen

(171 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[English Version] Paulsen, Anna (29.3.1893 Hoirup, Nordschleswig – 30.1.1981 Schleswig), ev. Theologin; ab 1916 Studium in Kiel, Tübingen und Münster, bes. Prägung durch A. Schlatter und K. Heim. Nach Fakultätsexamen in Kiel (1921) wurde P. als eine der ersten Frauen in Deutschland 1924 zur Lic. theol. promoviert. Von 1926–1945 leitete sie im Berliner Burckhardthaus das »Seminar für kirchl. Frauendienst« (auch »Bibel- und Jugendführerschule«), eine auf zwei Jahre angelegte Ausbildungsstätte für Gem…

Schuler, Alfred

(183 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Nov 22, 1865, Mainz – Apr 8, 1923, Munich), studied law, history, and archaeology in Munich, without completing a degree or any later professional activity. From 1897 to 1904, he and Karl Wolfkehl, L. Klages, and S. George (whose “cult of Maximin” he influenced) formed the core of the Kosmiker (“Cosmics”) in Schwabing. At the heart of his anti-Semitic elitist ideology, which combined the most diverse elements – from apocalypticism and light mysticism to J.J. Bachofen and F. Nietzsche – was a Neo-Pagan attempt at repristination …

Schweizer, Alexander

(191 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Mar 14, 1808, Murten – Jul 3, 1888, Zürich). Following his examinations and ordination, Schweizer did an additional year of study in Berlin. Deeply impressed by F.D.E. Schleiermacher, Schweizer became one of his few students to carry on his work productively. He was appointed associate professor of practical theology in Zürich in 1835 and was promoted to full professor in 1840; after 1844 he also served as pastor of the Großmünster. From a consistent Reformed perspective, he advo…

Schubert, Gotthilf Heinrich von

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Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Apr 26, 1780, Hohenstein – Jun 20, 1860, Munich). After gymnasial studies in Weimar, where he was strongly influenced by J.G. Herder, and study of theology at Leipzig, Schubert changed his field and went to Jena, where he received his Dr.med. in 1803; he then began to practice in Altenburg. In 1805 he began studies at the mining academy in Freiberg. In 1809 he was appointed director of the technical college in Nuremberg, having delivered public lectures to great acclaim (along wi…

Olshausen, Hermann

(190 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Aug 21, 1796, Oldesloe – Sep 4, 1839, Erlangen), Protestant theologian. From 1814 Olshausen studied in Kiel, then in 1816 in Berlin, where he became a tutor in 1818 and lecturer in 1820. He was influenced by F.D.E. Schleiermacher, and then especially by A. Neander. He became an associate professor in Königsberg in 1821, and in 1827 a full professor of New Testament studies. His Pietist devotion (Pietism) led him to become a member of the circle of Johann Wilhelm Ebel and Heinrich…

Nitzsch, Karl Immanuel

(340 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Sep 21, 1787, Borna – Aug 21, 1868, Berlin). After studying at Wittenberg, he served as a pastor beginning in 1811; in addition to his pastoral duties, in 1817 he was appointed professor at the seminary in Wittenberg. From 1820 to 1822, he served as provost and superintendent in Kemberg. He received his Dr.theol. h.c. from Berlin in 1817. From 1822 to 1847, he taught at Bonn as professor of systematic and practical theology; he was also university preacher, and quickly became an influential figure within the faculty and in the church. His major work on systematics was his Syst…

Oettingen, Alexander Konstantin von

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Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Dec 12, 1827, Wissust, Livonia – Aug 20, 1906, Dorpat), Protestant theologian; 1856–1890 full professor of sys-¶ tematic theology in Dorpat. In addition to numerous shorter occasional writings ( Ueber akuten und chronischen Selbstmord, 1881) and a traditionally oriented outline of dogmatics ( Lutherische Dogmatik, 3 vols., 1897–1902), it is Oettingen’s lasting merit to have coined the term social ethics in his work Die Moralstatistik und die christliche Sittenlehre. Versuch einer Socialethik auf empirischer Grundlage (2 vols., 1868, 1873; 3rd ed. 1882 …

Schafft, Hermann

(204 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Dec 2, 1883, Langenstein, near Halberstadt – Jun 2, 1959, Kassel). Beginning in 1903, Schafft studied theology in Halle, Berlin, and Tübingen; after 1907 he took on various church functions and pastoral ministries, with an emphasis on social service. He was P. Tillich’s closest friend and supported Tillich’s concept of a religious socialism (Religious socialists) based on the elements of autonomy, heteronomy, and theonomy. He was a leading advocate of the Neuwerk movement; the focus of his journalistic work was the periodical Neuwerk, which he edited after 193…

Umbreit, Friedrich Wilhelm Karl

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Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Apr 11, 1795, Sonneborn, near Gotha – Apr 26, 1860, Heidelberg). After studying philosophy and theology from 1814 to 1817, with J.G. Eichhorn as an outstanding teacher, Umbreit was appointed lecturer in Near Eastern languages at Göttingen in 1818; in 1820 he became associate professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern philology at the faculty of philosophy at Heidelberg and was promoted to full professor in 1823; in 1829 he became professor of OT at the faculty of theology, which…

Schenkel, Daniel

(200 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Dec 21, 1813, Dörperlin, Canton Zürich – May 18, 1885, Heidelberg). After studying in Basel and Göttingen, with W.M.L. de Wette, J.K.L. Gieseler, and G.C.F. Lücke as his most influential teachers, the Reformed student received his habilitation from Basel in 1838. In 1841 he was appointed senior pastor in Schaffhausen; he held a variety of other offices. In 1846 he sharply attacked German Catholicism ( Die protestantische Geistlichkeit und die Deutsch-Katholiken, 21846). In 1850 he succeeded de Wette as professor at Basel; in 1851 he moved to Heidelb…

Neander, Johann Wilhelm August

(599 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (orig. David Mendel; Jan 17, 1789, Göttingen – Jul 14, 1850, Berlin). In 1806, Neander converted from Judaism to Christianity in Hamburg, and in 1809 he graduated there, after studying theology and philosophy in Halle, Göttingen, Wittenberg, and Heidelberg. In 1811, he gained his Habilitation in Heidelberg, where in 1812 he became associate professor of church history and history of doctrine. In 1813, he received an appointment in Berlin, the chief location of his academic activit…

Weisse, Christian Hermann

(203 words)

Author(s): Christophersen, Alf
[German Version] (Aug 10, 1801, Leipzig – Sep 19, 1866, Leipzig) studied philosophy in several places, including Leipzig, where he began lecturing in 1823. From 1828 to 1837 he taught there as associate professor of philosophy; after interruptions, he was ¶ appointed full professor in 1845. Dissociating himself from G.W.F. Hegel, he espoused a nuanced theism (II); especially in I.H. Fichte’s Zeitschrift für Philosophie und speculative Theologie, he wrote as a late advocate of Idealistic theorizing. In addition, after critical acceptance of D.F. Strauß’s Leben Jesu, he defended t…
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