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Christian Senkel

Patriotismus und Protestantismus

Konfessionelle Semantik im nationalen Diskurs zwischen 1749 und 1813

[Patriotism and Protestantism. Religious Semantics in a National Discourse between 1749 and 1813.]

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In Germany the national and political demands for unity and freedom are derived to a large extent from Christian traditions. Whereas the customary conception of history is based on a secularization of the religious or a sacralisation of the nation, in his study Christian Senkel reveals a wild mixture of self-assurances which hope for a Protestant taming of nationalism or strive for a nationalization of Christianity.
In Germany the national and political demands for unity and freedom are derived to a large extent from Christian traditions. Whereas the customary conception of history is based on a secularization of the religious or a sacralisation of the nation, in his study Christian Senkel reveals a wild mixture of self-assurances which hope for a Protestant taming of nationalism or strive for a nationalization of Christianity. It is mainly the imaginations of literary figures which prove to be significant for this complex image: First Luther precedes a free German republic as a cult(ural) figure, then the Protestant war rhetoric against France and Napoleon puts pressure on the essential national and political terms – thus begins the nationalistic abuse of religious life and expression.
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Christian Senkel Geboren 1965; 1997 Promotion; wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterstellen in Würzburg, Marburg und Halle; Mitarbeit in verschiedenen Forschungsprojekten (SFB, Exzellenznetzwerk); 2010 Habilitation; Vertretungsprofessuren an der Universität Bielefeld und an der Kirchlichen Augustana-Hochschule in Neuendettelsau.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Das Historisch-Politische Buch — 64 (2016), S. 35–36 (Dirk Fleischer)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 141 (2016), S. 647–649 (Christian Nottmeier)