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An Erastian Modernity? Church, State, and Education in Early Nineteenth‐Century Prussia

Thomas Albert Howard

in Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199266852
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604188 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266859.003.0004
An Erastian Modernity? Church, State, and Education in Early Nineteenth‐Century Prussia

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This chapter examines reconfigurations in Prussian politics, bureaucracy, educational policy, and church-state relations in the early 19th century. It explores the rhetoric and realities of Prussia qua Kulturstaat, and examines in detail the establishment of the Ministry of Culture (Kultusministerium) during the Prussian Reform Era and the far-reaching Erastian authority this ministry exercised over church affairs, academic life, and theology throughout the 19th century. It was largely through the agency of this Ministry, the nationalist historian Heinrich von Treitschke once wrote, that the church in Prussia was kept ‘under the benevolent tutelage of the state’.

Keywords: Prussia; Ministry of Culture; church-state relations; Kultusministerium; reform

Chapter.  24886 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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