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Leibniz: Protestant Theologian (Hardback)
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Leibniz: Protestant Theologian (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 19/05/2016
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Irena Backus offers the first study in over four hundred years that characterizes Leibniz as both scholar and theologian. She explores his treatment of the key theological issues of his timepredestination, sacred history, the Eucharist, efforts for a union between Lutherans and members of other Christian traditionsilluminating his unique integration of theology into philosophy. Drawing on a wide range of Leibniz's writings, Backus carefully examines the philosophical points and counterpoints of his positions. She shows how Leibniz's Lutheran theology was reconciled with his philosophy, and demonstrates that the solutions he sought to the problems of confessional division were more philosophical than theological. Despite his attempts to merge the two fields, Backus reveals, many of Leibniz's ideas were met with resistance by both theologians and philosophers of his time. Using a wealth of previously unexplored material, Backus also includes the first-ever English translation of the Unvorgreiffliches Bedencken. This study will be an important contribution to the history of ideas, and to understanding Leibniz's place in the mainstream Protestant theology of his time.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199891849
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 591 g
Dimensions: 241 x 166 x 28 mm


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[I]t provides a wealth of new insights into the historical and theological background to some of Leibniz's central philosophical concerns and introduces some new ones. * Paul Lodge, Church History and Religious Culture *
Irena Backuss much-anticipated study of Leibniz as a philosopher-theologian examines significant trajectories of his ecumenical endeavors, in published essays, manuscripts and correspondence, on the Eucharist, predestination, and sacred history. Her work is noteworthy both for its approach as intellectual history and for its detailed examination of the history of Leibnizs efforts toward church union. The result is a significant contribution to our knowledge of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century religious, theological, and philosophical debate. * Richard A. Muller, P. J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary *
This groundbreaking book focuses on the doctrinal and ecclesiastical peculiarities of both Lutheranism and Calvinism, convincingly showing that Leibniz's efforts in view of the confessional union between the Lutherans of Hannover and the Calvinists of Brandenburg were based on his personal convictions and at the same time on his own philosophical doctrines, especially those relating to the problem of substance and to the question of freedom, necessity, and theodicy. This book fills in a serious gap in the Leibniz scholarship and, considering the far reaching influence of Leibniz's thought in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, will provide a precious reference for readers and researchers interested not only in the early modern theology, but also philosophy. * Gianni Paganini, Professor of History of Philosophy, University of Eastern Piedmont *
Irena Backus's book fills a major gap in Leibniz literature. A systematic study of Leibniz's theology fully grounded in the wealth of sources which have become available over the past century has long been awaited. Backus's superb command of the nuances of early modern Protestant theology in their historical contexts leads the reader to the discovery of key but neglected aspects of Leibniz's thought. This contribution will have a lasting impact. * Maria Rosa Antognazza, Head of the Department of Philosophy, King's College London *
will provide invaluable source material for scholars who wish to get a thorough view of this seventeenth-century philosophical theologian * Keith Ward, Theology *

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