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Lessing's philosophy of religion and the German enlightenment

Author: Toshimasa Yasukata
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Reflection and theory in the study of religion.
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"Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-81) stands as a key figure in German intellectual history, a bridge joining Luther, Leibniz, and German idealism. Despite his well-recognized importance in the history of thought, Lessing as theologian or philosopher of religion remains an enigmatic figure. Scholars refer to the "riddle" or "mystery" of Lessing, a mystery that has proved intractable because of his reticence on the  Read more...
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Named Person: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing; Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Toshimasa Yasukata
ISBN: 0195144945 9780195144949
OCLC Number: 45707652
Description: xvi, 208 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: INTRODUCTION --
Lessing's Significance for German Intellectual History --
Lessing and Modern Protestant Theology --
Tasks of Lessing Studies --
The Question of Methodology for Lessing Studies. 1. LESSING AND CHRISTIANITY --
Lessing's Formative Period (Bildungsjahre) --
Lessing and the Fragments Controversy (Fragmentenstreit) --
Lessing's Theological Position --
Lessing and the Pursuit of Truth --
Salient Features of Lessing's Theological Thought. 2. THE RELIGIOUS THOUGHT OF THE YOUNG LESSING --
The Young Lessing and His Religious Skepticism --
The Young Lessing and His Theological Critique --
The Ideal of Universal Humanity as Expressed in the Comedy "The Jews" --
Lessing's Speculative Reflections in The Christianity of Reason. 3. THE CONTROVERSY BETWEEN LESSING AND GOEZE --
Beginning and Development of the Controversy --
Goeze's Attack --
Lessing's Defense --
Lessing's Anti-Goeze. 4. LESSING'S "UGLY BROAD DITCH" --
The Proof of the Spirit and of Power --
Truths of History and Truths of Reason --
The "Inner Truth" of Religion --
Genuine Christian Love --
The Authenticity of Lessing's "Ugly Ditch" --
Lessing's Problem and Peter's Problem. 5. NATHAN THE WISE AND LESSING'S "IDEAL OF HUMANITY" --
The Background and Main Theme of Nathan the Wise --
The Parable of the Three Rings --
The Truth Claim of a Historical Religion in the Interim --
Nathan and the Education of Humanity --
The Essence of Nathan's Reason. 6. LESSING'S BASIC THOUGHT IN "The Education of the Human Race" --
Basic Features of The Education of the Human Race --
Basic Structure of The Education of the Human Race --
Lessing's Historical Position --
Revelation as the Education of the Human Race --
Revelation and Reason: (1) The Old Testament Age --
Revelation and Reason: (2) The New Testament Age --
A "New Eternal Gospel" and the Completion of the Human Race --
The idea of reincarnation --
A dialectical view of revelation and reason. 7. LESSING'S "SPINOZISM" --
The Beginning of the Pantheismusstreit --
The Spinoza Conversations between Lessing and Jacobi --
Jacobi and Spinozism --
Mendelssohn and "Refined Pantheism" --
Lessing's Hen kai Pan --
Lessing's Panentheism --
Lessing's View of God and the World.
Series Title: Reflection and theory in the study of religion.
Responsibility: Toshimasa Yasukata.
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"Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-81) stands as a key figure in German intellectual history, a bridge joining Luther, Leibniz, and German idealism. Despite his well-recognized importance in the history of thought, Lessing as theologian or philosopher of religion remains an enigmatic figure. Scholars refer to the "riddle" or "mystery" of Lessing, a mystery that has proved intractable because of his reticence on the subject of the final conclusions of his intellectual project. Toshimasa Yasukata seeks to unravel this mystery. Based on intensive study of the entire corpus of Lessing's philosophical and theological writings as well as the extensive secondary literature, Yasukata's work takes us into the systematic core of Lessing's thought. From his penetrating and sophisticated analysis of Lessing's developing position on Christianity and reason, there emerges a fresh image of Lessing as a creative modern mind, who is both shaped by and gives shape to the Christian heritage." "The first comprehensive study in English of Lessing's theological and philosophical thought, this book will appeal to all those interested in the history of modern theology, as well as specialists in the Enlightenment and the German romantic movement."--Jacket.

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