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Vertheidigung Der Natürlichen, Christlichen, Und Katholischen Religion. Nach Den Bedürfnissen Unsrer Zeiten.

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The monastic erudition of the old religious orders was a pillar of the Catholic Enlightenment in the Holy Roman Empire and many other European countries, and worked for a renewal of ecclesiastical practice and thought. Despite the enormous importance the monks had as champions of programmatic Enlightenment ideas, only few of their original texts are available in modern editions. This certainly is one cause for the underestimation of their contribution to European intellectual history. Therefore, the present edition contributes to filling this lacuna by making available the work of the Benedictine monk, Beda Mayr (1742-1794). Beda Mayr knew very well the dynamics of living in a community, and if old and new ways of thinking clashed, this could easily destroy a monastery. The third volume of Mayr's Defense is an ecumenical attempt to find a common denominator with Protestant theology in terms of doctrinal differences.

Keywords: Beda Mayr; Catholic Enlightenment; European intellectual history; Holy Roman Empire; Protestant theology



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