The 160th Death of August Neander - A theologian with heart

The 160th Death of August Neander - A theologian with heart

August (Johann Wilhelm) Neander (born 17 January 1789 in Göttingen, † 14 July 1850 in Berlin) was a German Protestant theologian and professor of church history.

He was born the son of the Jewish merchant Emanuel Mendel and his wife Esther Gottschalk as David Mendel and attended high school Johanneum in Hamburg. Here he came into contact with the neupietistischen circles which had been formed by the work of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, and read the then very influential Speeches on Religion of Friedrich Schleiermacher. He converted to Christianity, was baptized in 1806 and removed his name Moses. Following the hymn writer Joachim Neander he took his name.

He studied theology in Heidelberg and Göttingen with particular emphasis kirchengeschichtlichem and habilitation in 1811 in Heidelberg Church history for the subject. He was appointed extraordinary professor there in 1812 and 1813 followed the appointed professor of Church History in Berlin.

Neander's writings present a history of the church is as piety history, they invite personal "devotion". He was dressed in retrospect little to actual historical research, rather, he tried in the sense of revival, "to present the history of the Church as a telling demonstration of the divine power of Christianity" (Preface to St. Bernard, 1848, p 12). Due to its simple but intensive language he was an influential pioneer of revival theology among students his writings had sustained and encouraged the formation of so-called "construction party" at. Have become known phrase "Pectus est quod facit theologum" (The heart makes the theologian) became the slogan of the then named Pectoraltheologie, the theology of the "upright in heart." This sentence is based the famous question of Neander's colleague in Berlin August Tholuck his later Halle students "How is your heart?".

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