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Staël, Anne Louise Germaine de

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[German Version] Baroness de Stäel-Holstein (Apr 22, 1766, Paris – Jul 14, 1817, Paris). As an exile during the French Revolution, Mme. de Staël was the central figure of a European network of communication. Refracting the ideas of J.-J. Rousseau through the lens of early German Romanticism, she wrote in criticism of the social conventionality restricting women, and preached the perfecting of humanity in history. Volker Leppin Bibliography C. Blennerhassett, Madame de Staël, 1889 (Eng.).

Henry of Kalkar

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[German Version] (1328, Kalkar – Dec 20, 1408, Cologne). Henry of Kalkar received the M.A. in Paris in 1357, and later the Bacc.theol. Renouncing already acquired benefices, he entered the Charterhouse of Cologne (Carthusians) in 1365. From 1368 to 1396, he held leading positions in charterhouses near Arnhem and Roermond, in Cologne, and near Strasbourg, while also officiating as visitor of his province from 1375 ¶ onward. In performing the spiritual dimension of these offices, he developed a devotional theology of monastic discipleship which aimed to achieve …

Heidelberg, University of

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[German Version] The university founded in 1386 by Rupert I, Elector Palatine, was initially staffed by scholars forced out of Paris and Prague because of ecclesial and national opposition. The founding rector Marsilius of Inghen guided Heidelberg on the path of a moderate via moderna; from 1452, the via antiqua shared equal rights. The scholastic manner of instruction (Scholasticism) was supplemented after 1456 with the humanist (Humanism: III), but not profoundly altered. Brought to the Lutheran Reformation in 1558 by Ottheinrich (1556–1559)…

Sudermann, Daniel

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[German Version] (1550, Liège – after 1630, Straßburg [Strasbourg]). Though born into a Catholic family, Sudermann came into contact with Calvinism, Lutheranism, and Anabaptism early on. Having worked as a private tutor, after 1585 he served as an educator of the nobility at the Bruderhof in Straßburg. He had already come in contact with the ideas of K. v. Schwenckfeld, some of whose writings he began publishing in 1584. He dated his own attraction to Schwenckfeld’s teaching from a conversion expe…

Joris, David

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[German Version] (Georgsohn; 1501, Flanders – Aug 25, 1556, Basel). The glass painter Joris's public criticism of a Host procession in Delft in 1528 led to his mutilation and banishment. After receiving adult baptism in 1534/1535, Joris promoted his claims to leadership when he mediated between the Melchiorite Anabaptists (who were divided after the fall of Münster), seeking an – at least temporary – renunciation of violence (Bocholt meeting, 1536). Ecstatic visions in December 1536 confirmed his …

John of Jandun

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[German Version] (1285/1289, Jandun – 1328, Todi). John, who received his M.A. in Paris in 1310, regarded Averroes as a normative authority, more definitively so than the consistent Aristotelians of the 13th century did. He accepted Averroes's doctrine of the soul and cosmology as philosophically correct but did not intellectually harmonize them with Christian doctrine, which he never explicitly disputed. Together with Marsilius of Padua, whom he influenced intellectually (although he did not co-author the Defensor pacis), he escaped the Inquisition in 1326 and fled to …

French Revolution

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[German Version] I. Course – II. French Revolution and Religion – III. Effects on Germany In the French Revolution, discontent exploded over the inability of French absolutism under Louis XVI to achieve reform. It signaled the dissolution of the old European estates (Estate-based society) and absolutism, to be replaced by bourgeois society (Bourgeoisie) and the constitutional state based on the rule of law. I. Course The struggle of the aristocracy in the parlements to preserve their traditional privileges frustrated the govern-¶ ment, which, facing a major financial cris…

Michael of Cesena

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[German Version] (died Nov 29, 1342, Munich). After receiving his doctorate in theology in Paris in 1316 and being elected minister general of the Franciscans, Michael became the key figure in the transition from the practical to the theoretical poverty (IV) debate. In agreement with John XXII, he opposed the Spiritual Franciscans, whom he had been unable to reintegrate into the order; after the chapter in Perugia in 1322, however, he rejected its denial of the total poverty of Christ and his disc…

Loën, Johann Michael von

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[German Version] (Dec 11, 1694, Frankfurt am Main – Jul 24, 1776, Lingen). After studying jurisprudence in Marburg and Halle (C. Thomasius) and undertaking educational journeys, especially to the courts of European rulers, Loën lived in Frankfurt am Main from an inherited fortune from 1724. Drawing on the form of the courtly Baroque novel, he developed an ¶ enlightened conception of state politics in Der redliche Mann am Hofe (The candid man at court; 1740). In the essay Die einzig wahre Religion (The only true religion; 1750f.), he elaborated an irenic program on the basis …

Tauler, Johannes

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[German Version] (c.1300, Strasbourg – Jun 16, 1361, Strasbourg). Along with Meister Eckhart and H. Suso, Tauler was the most important representative of German Dominican mysticism (III, 3.b) on the Upper Rhine. Trained at the Dominican convent in Strasbourg, which he had joined around the age of 14, he did not hold a degree in theology but had received a good education; philosophically active, he participated in the neoplatonic revival in the Dominican order (Berthold of Moosburg). In terms of th…

Wilhelm von Ockham (Ehrenname: Venerabilis Inceptor; ca.1285 Ockham – 9.4.1347 München)

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[English Version] I. Leben W. hat sein artes-Studium wohl in reduzierter Form am Ordensstudium der Franziskaner in London absolviert, ehe er wohl 1308 zum Theologiestudium an die Universität Oxford wechselte. Hier hielt er 1317–1319 seine Sentenzenvorlesung. Ungeklärt ist, ob und wieweit W. in die Streitigkeiten zw. den Bettelorden und der Universität involviert war. Jedenfalls kam es bald zu scharfen philos. Attacken, v.a. durch den früheren Kanzler der Universität Johannes Lutterell (gest.1335). Sie hatten 1323 eine Untersuchun…

Professio fidei Tridentinae

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[English Version] . In Aufnahme einer Anregung franz. Kardinäle, die angesichts des königlichen Nominationsrechts in Frankreich den röm.-kath. Glauben der Bischöfe sichern wollten, schrieben die Trienter Dekrete der 24. und 25. Sitzung 1563 für Bischöfe und sonstige Seelsorger die Ablegung eines erweiterten Glaubensbekenntnisses bei Amtsantritt und für akademische Lehrer eine regelmäßige eidliche Verpflichtung auf Katholizität vor (Amtseid der Geistlichen und Kirchenbeamten). Den vermutlich im Umk…

Schwenckfeld

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[English Version] Schwenckfeld, Kaspar v. (1489 Ossig – 10.12.1561 Ulm). Der aus einer schlesischen Adelsfamilie stammende Sch. von Ossig stand nach Studien in Köln und Frankfurt/O. in seiner Heimat in adeligem Dienst, den er 1523 aus gesundheitlichen Gründen quittierte. Sch. wurde früh zum Anhänger Luthers und versuchte in ausgedehnter Predigttätigkeit und persönlicher Einflußnahme auf Herzog Friedrich II. von Liegnitz (1480–1547), die Reformation in Schlesien zu verbreiten. Mit der frühen Abhängigkeit von Luther nahm er auch starke myst. Züge in seine eig…

Walch

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[English Version] 1.Johann Georg , (17.6.1693 Meiningen – 13.1.1775 Jena). Nach Studium der alten Sprachen und Gesch. in Leipzig ab 1710 und dortigen ersten Vorlesungen als Magister der klassischen Philol. wurde W. 1718 Prof. für Philos. und Altertümer in Jena, 1719 für Beredsamkeit, 1722 zugleich für Poesie. Noch vor seiner theol. Promotion 1726 erhielt er 1724 eine a.o. Professur für Theol. 1728 wurde er Ordinarius. Vorlesungen seines Schwiegervaters J.F. Buddeus zur polemischen Theol. baute er z…

Thomä

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[English Version] Thomä, Nikolaus (1492 Siegelsbach bei Heilbronn – 1546 Bergzabern). Ab 1510 in Heidelberg immatrikuliert, wurde Th. 1519 Pfarrer in Flinsbach, 1520 Magister. Ab 1524 war er Geistlicher und Lateinlehrer in Bergzabern. Im Abendmahlsstreit (Abendmahl: II.,3.) auf schweizerischer Seite, stand er, zumal seit der Auseinandersetzung mit Täufern (1527 Begegnung mit H. Denck), zunehmend unter M. Bucers Einfluß. Volker Leppin Bibliography J.P. Gelbert, Magister Johann Baders Leben und Schriften, N. Th. und seine Briefe, 1868.

Niclaes

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[English Version] Niclaes,  Heinrich (9./10.1.1502 Münster? – nach 1570). Von Jugend an visionär begabt, zog N. nach seiner Berufung zum Propheten 1540 von Amsterdam nach Emden. Spätma. myst. Vorstellungen baute er zu einem prophetisch-chiliastischen Spiritualismus aus. Sich selbst verstand er vor dem Hintergrund pantheistischer Ontologie als Neuinkarnation Christi. Durch Missionsreisen breitete sich das »Haus der Liebe« (engl. »Family of Love«, daher: Familisten) aus, das aufgrund von Geisterfahru…

Tauler

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[English Version] Tauler, Johannes (ca.1300 Straßburg – 16.6.1361 ebd.). T. war neben Meister Eckhart und H. Seuse wichtigster Vertreter der deutschsprachigen Dominikanermystik (Mystik: III.,3.,b) am Oberrhein. Im Straßburger Konvent, dem er mit etwa 14 Jahren beigetreten war, ausgebildet, verfügte er über keinen theol. Abschluß, aber über gute Bildung; philos. hatte er Teil an der Neuplatonismusrenaissance im Dominikanerorden (Berthold von Moosburg). Theol. folgte T. wohl ohne persönliche Begegnun…

Pacca

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[English Version] Pacca, Bartolomeo (25.12.1756 Benevent – 19.4.1844 Rom). 1785 wurde der aus einer adeligen Familie stammende Doktor beider Rechte zum Titularbf. von Damiette geweiht und trat ohne Anerkennung des dortigen Erzbischofs das 1785 verliehene Amt als Nuntius in Köln an. Gegen den Episkopalismus (: II., Emser Kongreß) vertrat er entschieden die päpstl. Haltung. Als Nuntius in Lissabon (1794/95–1802) kämpfte er – 1801 zum Kardinal erhoben – ebenso entschieden gegen die staatskirchl. Tende…

Niclaes, Hendrik

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[German Version] (Jan 9/10, 1502, Münster? – after 1570). Gifted as a visionary from his youth, Niclaes moved from Amsterdam to Emden after his calling as a prophet in 1540. He expanded late medieval mystical concepts into a prophetic-chiliastic spiritualism. Against a background of pantheistic ontology, he saw himself as the reincarnation of Christ. Through his missionary journeys, the “Family of Love” (Familists) spread, through their experience of the Spirit transcend-¶ ing the bounds of confession and religion; this was not rightly understood in the many accusa…

Til, Salomo(n) van

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[German Version] (Dec 26, 1643, Wees – Oct 31, 1713, Leiden). After studying in Utrecht and Leiden ( J. Cocceius), in 1666 Til became pastor of the Reformed church in Huisduinen. After other positions, he came to Dordrecht in 1683, where the next year he was also appointed to a chair at the Schola Illustris. In 1702 he moved to Leiden. The focus of his work was scholarly philological exegesis of the Old Testament prophets. He modified the covenant theology he learned from Cocceius by including Cartesian (R. Descartes) elements, paving the way for the early Enlightenment by giving theologia n…
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