Lessing on Christianity and Reason

Toshimasa Yasukata





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ISBN 0-19-514494-5 1. Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781—Religion. 2. Enlightenment—Germany. 3. Germany—Intellectual life—18th century. I. Title. II. Reflection and theory in the study of religion. PT2418.R4 Y37 2001 832'.6—dc21 00-066901

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