The First Colloquy on Christianity, Theology, and Heritage
Organized by the Centre for Religion and Heritage (RUG) and the Protestant Theological University, Groningen: The first edition in a series of colloquy.
Dr. Stefanie Lenk (Oxford)
Material Religion in 19th Century Germany? - Ferdinand Piper's "Monumentale Theologie" and Schleiermacher's Legacy
Date: Monday, 20th November 2017, 15:00-18:00
Place: Groningen, Protestantse Theologische Universiteit, Oude Ebbingestraat 25, 9712 HA Groningen (filmzaal)
Speakers: Dr. Stefanie Lenk (Oxford); Prof.Dr. Martin Ohst (Wuppertal)
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15:00 Opening address by Prof.Dr. Hans-Martin Kirn (PThU Groningen)
15:10 Lecture by Dr. Stefanie Lenk, Material Religion in 19th Century Germany? - Ferdinand Piper's "Monumentale Theologie" and Schleiermacher's Legacy
15:45 Break (coffee/tee)
15:55 Response by Prof.Dr. Martin Ohst, short response by Dr. Lenk
16:30-16:50 Debate, led by Dr. Andrew Irving (CRH)
17:00-18:00 Guided Tour to the Van der Leeuw Collection, University Museum, Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 7a, Groningen: What Counts as “Religious Art”?
Abstract of the Lecture
This talk traces the occupation of theologians with art and material culture back to 19th century Protestant Germany. It explores very early incidents in the history of 'material religion' when the Protestant theologian Ferdinand Piper installed the now forgotten research discipline ‘Monumental Theology’ at the theology faculty of Berlin in 1845 and published the "Einleitung in die Monumentale Theologie" in 1867. The paper further argues that it was Friedrich Schleiermacher whose concept of ‘Anschauung’ set this process in motion.