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Semler, Johann Salomo

(1725–91). 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 1752–79. 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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