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Christianity and the History of Ideas

According to many secularists, Christian modes of thinking were superseded by radically new, secular philosophies in the age of the Enlightenment. Ever since, or so the story goes, Christianity is struggling to maintain a marginal place in Western society.

The department Christianity and the History of Ideas takes issue with such singular narratives. It analyses the continuing formative power of Christianity from the perspective of a contextualized history of ideas, in which conceptual continuities and transformations are related to their broader cultural contexts. The thrust of the department’s work can be summed up by the slogan “Christian Tradition and the (Post)Secular”—analysing the impact of the Christian intellectual tradition in the past and aiming at new ‘postsecular’ historiographies geared to theorizing the presence and continuing formative power of Christianity in Western/European society.

Last modified:30 March 2017 2.57 p.m.