(172591). Sometimes called Father of Ger. rationalism; b. Saalfeld, Thuringia, Ger.; raised under Pietistic influence; educ. Halle, where he came under rationalistic influence; prof. theol. Halle 175279. Tried to free science by distinguishing bet. religion and theol. Prophecies and appeal to miracles are explained as accommodation to needs of the times. Rejected natural religion; regarded Christianity as originating in divine revelation. See also Lutheran Theology After 1580, 8.
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