Putting a positive spin on priestcraft. Accommodation and deception in late-Enlightenment German theology

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McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew 2018. Putting a positive spin on priestcraft. Accommodation and deception in late-Enlightenment German theology. Intellectual History Review. 28 (1), pp. 201 - 224. https://doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2018.1402448
AuthorsMcKenzie-McHarg, Andrew
Abstract

In the late eighteenth century the principle of accommodation became so closely associated with the historical-critical approach of Johann Salomo Semler (1725–1791), a prominent theologian at the University of Halle, that he has on occasion been deemed its originator. As some scholars have, however, noted, accommodation as a principle of scriptural hermeneutics has a far longer history, extending back to the patristic writings. What by contrast has eluded closer investigation is the affinity that this principle exhibits to notions of deception. Nor has much consideration been given to the manner in which accommodation as an interpretative scheme has on occasion inspired accommodation as a form of strategic action. This article uses the opportunity provided by Semler in his interaction with a number of other figures associated with the late Enlightenment in Protestant Germany to explore these neglected aspects of accommodation.

Keywordsaccommodation; deception; Semler; Bahrdt; secret; private; psychology
Year2018
JournalIntellectual History Review
Journal citation28 (1), pp. 201 - 224
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN1749-6985
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2018.1402448
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85041598698
Page range201 - 224
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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