„Lieber Herr Pastor, poltern Sie doch nicht so in den Tag hin: ich bitte Sie!“ Lessings Kontroverse mit dem Hamburger Hauptpastor Goeze
Foto: Bodo Dretzke / Hamburger Institut für SozialforschungFoto: Armin Smailovic
In this reading, Germanist Jan Philipp Reemtsma sheds light on the legendary quarrel between Lessing and
Hamburg’s senior pastor Johann Melchior Goeze. This important and entertaining controversy between the
Enlightenment and orthodox Lutheran theology makes it easy to identify intellectual figures that still exist today.