Thesis ID: CBB358204226

Dream Culture in Early Modern Lutheranism, 1530-1730 (2020)


This dissertation examines how early modern Lutherans experienced, narrated and interpreted their dreams. Confessional controversies, political struggles, wars, and plagues left traces in Lutherans' dream images. Besides contemporary events, religion played central role in shaping individual’s dreaming experiences. Between the 1530s and the 1730s, dreams were categorized according to their natural, divine, and demonic causes. Dreams that delivered divine messages provided consolation and guidance in difficult times. Meanwhile, ways of dealing with dreams reflected confessionalized knowledge and Lutheran identity. Moreover, different parties within the Lutheran church polemicized dreams in controversies. Lutheran pastors, professors, theological writers and other professionals took great interest in dreams. They recorded dreams in their letters, pastoral notes, diaries, writing calendars and autobiographies. The dreaming subjects underwent generational shift, and each generation faced different realities. Except for these “collective” aspects, there were personal concerns in Lutherans' dream narratives. Some Lutherans exchanged dreams as ways of building relationships. Others considered dreams as markers of life phases and of spiritual development.

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Authors & Contributors
Barker, Peter
Osler, Margaret J.
Generali, Dario
Goldstein, Bernard R.
Findlen, Paula
McGuire, J. E.
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
MHNH (Revista Internacional de Investigación sobre Magia y Astrología Antiguas)
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Church History
I Tatti Studies: Essays in the Renaissance
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Cambridge University Press
Gütersloher Verlagshaus
Sekel Bokförlag
University of Iowa
Science and religion
Lutherans and Lutheranism
Science and literature
Science and culture
Kircher, Athanasius
Kepler, Johannes
Newton, Isaac
Digby, Kenelm
More, Henry
Spinoza, Baruch
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
19th century
15th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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