Zachary Purvis

Aufenthalt am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
Mai 2013

Forschungsthema am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»›Geist‹ und ›Geschichte‹: Theologie und Wissenschaft im Europa des 19. Jahrhunderts«

This project examines 19th C. Protestant and Catholic theological education in German-speaking Europe. Transformations in the structure of university curriculums, textbooks, and the idea of a scientific encyclopedia dramatically reoriented German academic theology, including: theology's reliance on contested sources of knowledge; its disciplinary coherence and methodology; and its relationship to other fields of higher education and religious observance in public society. In preparation for the new University of Berlin (founded in 1810), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1834) published his pedagogical manifesto Kurze Darstellung des theologischen Studiums (1811; 2nd ed., 1830). The slim volume represented a turning point in the history of academic theology by incorporating the ethos of Wissenschaft directly into the nature and definition of theology itself and by elevating the status of history among theology’s subfields. The work provoked a number of strong and contested reactions. I investigate the roles that contemporary debates over university pedagogy, Bildung, Wissenschaft and the organization of knowledge played in the formation of his ideas. I highlight the important appropriation of Schleiermacher’s ideas by the popular and widely read Swiss church historian Karl Hagenbach (1801–1874), and how both contributed to the historicization of theology in the nineteenth century. Other encyclopedic schemes, such as those in 19th C. Catholicism, also helped shape the nature of theology as an academic discipline. (Zachary Purvis)

Zachary Purvis ist auf Einladung von Professor Claus Arnold, Professor für Kirchengeschichte an der Goethe-Universität und Sprecher des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs 1728 »Theologie als Wissenschaft«, Fellow am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften.

Wissenschaftliches Profil von Zachary Purvis

Zachary Purvis ist ein Promovend an der Universität Oxford (Regent's Park College) und ein Fulbright-Stipendiat in der Schweiz (2012–2013).

Update 2016: Die Ergebnisse seiner Forschungen am Kolleg wurden kürzlich in einer Monographie mit dem Titel: Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) publiziert.
Gegenwärtig ist Purvis ein Leverhulme Early Career Fellow an der Universität Edinburgh.

Moderne europäische Geschichte und Religion; Theologie des 19. Jahrhunderts; Geschichte der Universitäte]

Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl):
  1. Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  2. »The New Ethicist and the Old Bookkeeper: Isaak Dorner, Johann Quenstedt, and Modern Appropriations of Classical Protestantism«, Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte/Jornal for the History of Modern Theology 19(2012), S. 14-33.