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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 thedoi:10.1163/18760759-03501009 fatcat:6xu4vot6tvfzpf4vc6eceys3b4