Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
b. January 22, 1729 – d. February 15, 1781 • Author • Philosopher
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim (1729–81), one of the principal figures of the *Enlightenment. As the eldest son of a *Lutheran pastor he was intended to study theology, but soon took up a literary career and made himself a name as a drama and art critic and as a playwright. In his later years he was chiefly
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781) was the son of a scholarly German pastor who became a dramatist and critic. He studied theology at Leipzig University, where he imbibed the rationalism of the Enlightenment, whose leading spokesman was Christian Wolfe, a follower of Gottfried
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim(1729–81). The first major German dramatist and the founder of German classical comedy was Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. He earned a meager living as a freelance writer, but in so doing he wrote some of the most incisive social, artistic, literary, and religious criticism of his
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim
Lessing, Gotthold EphraimGotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781) is most famous, or notorious, for his aphorism “Accidental truths of history can never become the proof of necessary truths of reason” (Theological Writings [London: Black, 1956], 53). Lessing was not primarily a theologian, but first made
Pocket Dictionary of Church History: Over 300 Terms Clearly and Concisely Defined
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim (1729–1781). Clearly one of the most influential writers of the German Enlightenment and a formative voice for theological *liberalism, Lessing, the son of a Lutheran pastor, made his early mark as a playwright and drama critic. His efforts in editing the works of *Reimarus
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim (1729–81). A German dramatist, critic, and writer. Son of a pastor in Saxony, he was trained in Lutheran orthodoxy, but after studying in Leipzig and Berlin he adopted the popular philosophy of the Enlightenment. He early distinguished himself as a writer and held various positions
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim (1729–81)
LESSING, GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM (1729–81)A pioneer in modern German drama, Lessing was one of the most elusive and seminal religious thinkers of his age. Even in its essentials, his thought has been interpreted in widely varied and incompatible ways. Lessing apparently sought to adopt a theological stance
Who’s Who in Christian History
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim
LESSING, GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM (1729–1781)German writer who became a transitional figure between the Enlightenment and Romanticism and was a significant influence in the development of liberal theology and religious humanismThe son of a German Lutheran pastor, Lessing studied theology at Leipzig but spent