Grotius's De Veritate Religionis Christianae in the Context of Eighteenth-Century Debates about Christian Apologetics and Religious Pluralism

Christoph Bultmann
2014 Grotiana  
While there is ample evidence for the popularity and influence up to the mideighteenth century of Grotius's demonstration of the exclusive truth of the Christian religion, a fresh look at the reasons for the discontinuation of this line of apologetics can be attempted. In Germany in the late 1770s, G. E. Lessing claimed that all available arguments of Christian apologetics would 'evaporate' when analysed from a critical philosophical perspective. This did not simply refer to the issue of the
more » ... toricity of biblical narratives. Since rabbinic Judaism as well as Islam belonged to the targets of the apologetic tradition, it turns out that the concept of the plurality of religions which had found its expression in Boccaccio's work in the 'parable of the three rings' only to be rejected, e.g., by Campanella, acquired a new significance in debates about the truth of natural and revealed religion.
doi:10.1163/18760759-03501009 fatcat:6xu4vot6tvfzpf4vc6eceys3b4