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Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines 1740-1803

Ulrich L. Lehner


The importance of early modern monasticism with its cultural and intellectual vigor as well as the plurality of religious Enlightenments are gaining increasing attention among historians. This book investigates the social, cultural, philosophical and theological challenges the German Benedictines had to face between 1740 and 1803 and how the Enlightenment process influenced the self-understanding and lifestyle of these religious communities, their forms of communication, their transfer of knowledge, their relationships to worldly authorities and to the academic world, and also their theology a ... More

Keywords: Monasticism, monks, Benedictines, Enlightenment, religious Enlightenment, Catholicism, communication networks, cultural history, social history, intellectual history, history of theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199595129
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulrich L. Lehner, author
Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Marquette University