Det Eviga Evangeliet : Joakim av Floris och den romantiska drömmen om en ny religion

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The Eternal Evangel. The Joachimite heritage in Romantic religion: Taking its departure in the 19th-century idea of a “religion of humanity”, this article explores the ideological roots of this powerful vision of a new, higher religion including all human beings regardless of nationality or confession. The vision is highlighted by a close reading of Novalis’ famous text “Die Christenheit oder Europa” and the final lecture of the late Schelling’s philosophy of revelation. Through the analysis of these texts, a number of metaphors are uncovered, which, in the next section of the article, are traced back to the trinitarian theology of history of the 12th-century Calabrian abbot Joachim of Fiore. However, the aim of the article is not only to illustrate the continuity of the Joachimite legacy and the Romantic notion of a religion of humanity. Thus, in the last section it also problematizes the central metaphors underpinning this notion by relating them to their wider Wirkungsgeschichte in the European politico-philosophical context.


External organisations
  • Stockholm school of theology
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies


  • Joachim av Floris, Novalis, Schelling, kristendom, Europa, progression, universalism, förandligande, historiefilosofi, ande, eviga evangeliet
Original languageSwedish
Title of host publicationLychnos. Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria. Tema: Den tyska idealismen
EditorsAnders Burman, Rebecka Lettervall
PublisherLärdomshistoriska samfundet, Uppsala universitet
ISBN (Print)9789185286613
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0076-1648

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