Leibniz: Protestant Theologian

2016.12.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Irena Backus, Leibniz: Protestant Theologian, Oxford University Press, 2016, 322pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199891849.
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2016.12.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Irena Backus, Leibniz: Protestant Theologian, Oxford University Press, 2016, 322pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199891849. Reviewed by Mogens Lærke, CNRS/ ENS de Lyon Irena Backus' long-awaited monograph focuses on Leibniz's outlook on protestant theology, especially Calvinist theology, from the viewpoint of his own "evangelical" position (that is to say, Lutheran -- but Leibniz disliked the denomination, which he felt was sectarian.) She organizes her study thematically into three parts. The first part, containing two chapters, is about the "Eucharist and Substance." Backus here dedicates the most discussion to demonstrate that Leibniz's philosophical attempts at explaining transubstantiation in texts dating from the De transubstantiatione (1668) to the Examen religionis christianae (1686) were mainly about overcoming challenges to revealed religion posed by Cartesianism. She also, more convincingly,. . .

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