1. Ernst Troeltsch, Die Bedeutung des Protestantismus für die Entstehung der modernen Welt (Munich and Berlin: R. Oldenbourg, 1911; reprint, Aalen: Otto Zeller, 1963), 46.

3. For the concept of the "Age of Religion" and its meaning, see Franklin L. Baumer, Main Currents of Western Thought (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1978).

4. LM 17, 298 (Letter to Friedrich Nicolai of 25 August 1769); B 11/1, 622 (no. 501).

5. The discussion that follows owes much to the insights of Peter C. Hodgson in his Winds of the Spirit: A Constructive Christian Theology (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 1994).

6. Peter Demetz, "Introduction" to Nathan the Wise, Minna von Barnhelm, and Other Plays and Writings. The German Library, vol. 12, edited by Peter Demetz with a foreword by Hannah Arendt (New York: Continuum, 1995), xxvi.

8. See Hannah Arendt, Men in Dark Times (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1968).

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