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Leibniz : Protestant theologian.

Author: Irena Backus
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Irena Backus offers the first examination of Leibniz as both scholar and theologian in more than four hundred years, illuminating the relationship between metaphysics and theology in Leibniz's handling of key theological issues of his time: predestination, sacred history, the Eucharist, and efforts for a union between Lutherans and Catholics and between Lutherans and Calvinists. Drawing on a wide range of Leibniz's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Named Person: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Irena Backus
ISBN: 9780199891856 0199891850
OCLC Number: 952095129
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 322 pages)
Contents: Part I. Eucharist and Substance --
1. Transubstantiation and the Problem of Real Presence --
2. Negotiations with the Reformed and the problem of real presence --
Appendix to Chapter 2: A selection of texts on the negotiations --
Part II. Predestination and Necessity --
3. Predestination --
4. Necessity --
5. Leibniz and Augustine --
Part III. Leibniz the Historian of the Sacred --
6. Leibniz's Concept of Historia Sacra --
7. History, Apocalyptic Prophecy, Early Heresies: Leibniz, Newton, Grotius --
8. Concluding Remarks.
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"Irena Backus offers the first examination of Leibniz as both scholar and theologian in more than four hundred years, illuminating the relationship between metaphysics and theology in Leibniz's handling of key theological issues of his time: predestination, sacred history, the Eucharist, and efforts for a union between Lutherans and Catholics and between Lutherans and Calvinists. Drawing on a wide range of Leibniz's writings, Backus carefully presents the philosophical points and counterpoints of Leibniz's positions. She shows how Leibniz's essentially Lutheran nonorthodox theology was reconciled with his philosophy and demonstrates that Leibniz was not a typical Lutheran: the solutions he sought to the problems of confessional division were more philosophical than theological, and his view of sacred history was intended to vindicate his theodicy. Leibniz's unique integration of theology into philosophy proved satisfactory neither to theologians nor to many philosophers of his time. This study delves into a wealth of previously unexplored material, and includes the first-ever English translation of the Unvorgreiffliches Bedencken. It will be an important contribution to the history of ideas, and to understanding Leibniz's place in the mainstream Protestant theology of his time"--

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