What is the Human Being – A Soul or a Machine? The Enlightenment in Berlin
Reading from Spalding’s Sermons: André Eisermann
Organ improvisations: Martina Kürschner
Director: Cordula Machoni
Among the many impressive proponents of “neology,” the main current of German Enlightenment theology, Johann Joachim Spalding (1714–1804) was undoubtedly the most highly regarded. With an impact far beyond the pulpit, he understood like nobody else how to combine the religious tradition with modern consciousness and to make it plausible in practical ways. His graceful, unpretentious, entirely unpolemical and clear language even drew Goethe to a church service on his only visit to Berlin in 1778.
Church service: May 14, 10:30 am