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LeibnizProtestant Theologian$
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Irena Backus

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199891849

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199891849.001.0001

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Leibniz’s Concept of Historia Sacra

Leibniz’s Concept of Historia Sacra

(p.155) 6 Leibniz’s Concept of Historia Sacra

Irena Backus

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 gives a rapid survey of existing literature on Leibniz as historian and examines the hitherto little-explored question of him as historian of the sacred. In fact Leibniz’s account of sacred and profane history in the early 1680s and later integrates perfectly into his philosophical system. Its importance and particularity lies in its accent on the high profile of history as truthful revelation of God’s design within Leibniz’s system as well as the close links that obtain between sacred and profane history and the essential role that (in Leibniz’s view) history plays in the concordance of academic disciplines. While this is partly an answer to historical skepticism of the time, it also shows that Leibniz, as opposed, for example, to Newton, is not a church historian but a historian of the sacred.

Keywords:   History, sacred history, God’s design, history as academic discipline, Newton

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