Criticism of religion in the early Enlightenment and the associated change in the understanding

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: buddeberg@soz.uni-frankfurt.de
Deadline: 15.12.2019
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for abstract
Ort: Frankfurt am Main
Datum: 27.02.2020
Ende: 28.02.2020 --:--
Veranstaltende Institution: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

In recent years, the close coupling between the concepts of modernity and secularization has loosened. At the same time, the interest in the relationship between religion and the Enlightenment has been growing, and so has the insight in the academia into the necessity to critically examine the concept of an ‘enlightened Christianity’ and discuss anew questions such as: What is the record of the Enlightenment? What has been achieved? What, historically speaking, was its program of religious criticism? What insights can still be gained from the approaches of that time? And what significance can we still ascribe to them today? These questions are relevant not only from the perspective of theology and political philosophy but also regarding modern societies and their challenges of coping with religious plurality, including the difference between orthodox forms of religion and increasingly free-floating religiosity. The purpose of this workshop is to find some answers to these pressing questions by analyzing and discussing the history of enlightenment with regards to its criticism of religion in general and Christianity in particular.

The workshop will take place 27/28, Feb 2020 at the Frankfurt University. Limited funds may be made available to help offset travel costs. Abstracts should be submitted before 15th Dec 19 to uni@oliver-lembcke.de and buddeberg@soz.uni-frankfurt.de and should have a length of 500 words (at max.). speakers will be notified by 15th January 2020.

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