Paul S. Spalding

Joel Scarborough Professor of Religion
Department of Religion and Philosophy
Illinois College
1101 West College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650-2299
spalding@ic.edu
office Kirby 226, +217 245-3461



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Education

Ph.D. (Religion), The University of Iowa

- graduate research year at Tübingen University, Germany

M.A. (East Asian Studies), Yale University

M.Div. (Divinity), Yale University

- summer language program in Japanese, Middlebury College

B.A. (History, German), Phi Beta Kappa, The University of Wisconsin, Madison

- junior year at Bonn University, Germany

Selected Courses

RE 101, “Introduction to the Bible” (4 credits): A study of the contents, historical contexts, themes, development, and transmission of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament.

RE 188, “Religious Traditions of South and East Asia” (4 credits): A survey of globally important religious traditions that have emerged from South and East Asia, including those commonly called Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.

RE/ HI 322, “China: History and Religion” (4 credits): An historical study of China, including its religions in their classical and modern forms.

RE/ HI 323, “Japan: History and Religion” (4 credits): An historical study of Japan, including its religions in their classical and modern forms.

RE/ HI 332, “Renaissance and Reformation” (4 credits): Key religious and intellectual developments within their cultural contexts, as embodied by selected men and women of early modern Europe and America (15th-17th centuries).

RE/ HI 333, “Age of Faith, Age of Reason” (4 credits): Key religious and intellectual developments within their cultural contexts, as embodied by selected men and women of early modern Europe and America (17th-18th centuries).

RE 401, “Senior Seminar” (4 credits), changing topics – autumn 2005 “Religion and Revolution”; spring 2007 “Religion and Ecology”

 

Research Interests

 

Censorship, Religious and Intellectual Control in Early Modern and Modern Europe

The Holy Roman Empire (especially in its last century)

The Enlightenment and its Social Networks

Religion and Culture in Early Modern Europe

Christian-Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Early Modern World

Early Modern Biblical Interpretation

Revolutionary and Napoleonic Periods

 

Selected Publications

 

Books:

                        Lafayette: Prisoner of State. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2010.

Seize the Book, Jail the Author: Johann Lorenz Schmidt and Censorship in Eighteenth-Century Germany. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 1998.

Book Project Accepted for Publication:

            The Household Accounts of the Reimarus Family of Hamburg, 1728-1780.  Co-edited with Almut Spalding.  2 vols.  Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

 

Articles:

“After Seven Years of Prison and Exile, Why Didn’t Lafayette Move to America?” in a book yet to be entitled, ed. Alan Hoffman, American Friends of Lafayette, forthcoming

 

“Hamburg als weltweites Kommunikationszentrum während Lafayettes Gefangenschaft und Exil, 1792-1799” (‘Hamburg as a Worldwide Communications Center During Lafayette’s Captivity and Exile, 1792-1799’), in a two-volume work, Hamburg. Eine Metropolregion zwischen Früher Neuzeit und Aufklärung, 1500-1800 (‘Hamburg: A Metropolitan Region Between Early Modernity and Enlightenment, 1500-1800’), forthcoming.

 

“Germaine de Staël’s Role in Rescuing Lafayette,” in Karyna Szmurlo, ed., Germaine de Staël and the Politics of Mediation: Challenges to History and Culture (Oxford, UK: Voltaire Foundation Oxford University, 2011), 34-46.

 

“Living in the Enlightenment: The Reimarus Household Accounts of 1728-1780,” coauthored with Almut Spalding, in Martin Mulsow, ed., Between Philology and Radical Enlightenment: Hermann Samuel Reimarus (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 201-229.

 

“Sites of Lafayette’s German Captivity, 1792-97,” on-line article published by Cornell University Library as part of the resources of its Arthur H. and Mary Marden Dean Lafayette Collection (April 2009), at http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/lafayette/collection/prison/ .

 

“How Lafayette Lost His Sword,” in Lafayette Alumni News Magazine, winter 2008, 24-28.

 

“Justus Erich Bollmann: Briefe an (‘Letters to’) Therese Forster und Ludwig Ferdinand Huber 1793-94,” co-edited with Ernst-Peter Wieckenberg and Almut Spalding, in Lichtenberg-Jahrbuch, ed. Ulrich Joost and Alexander Neumann (Saarbrücken: Saarbrücker Druckerei und Verlag, 2003): 160-195.

 

“Holy Roman Empire,” in Censorship: A World Encyclopedia, ed. Derek Jones. London & Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. Vol. 2 (E-K): 1082-1085.

 

“Der rätselhafte Tutor bei Hermann Samuel Reimarus: Begegnung zweier radikaler Aufklärer in Hamburg” (‘The Mysterious Tutor of Hermann Samuel Reimarus: An Encounter of Two Radical Enlightenment Thinkers in Hamburg’), coauthored with Almut Spalding, in Zeitschrift des Vereins für Hamburgische Geschichte (‘Journal of the Hamburg Historical Society’) 87 (2001): 49-64.

 

“‘Der Wertheimer’ und sein Werk: Johann Lorenz Schmidt als führende Figur der Aufklärung” (‘“The Wertheimer” and His Accomplishment: Johann Lorenz Schmidt as a Leading Figure of the Enlightenment’), in Wertheimer Jahrbuch 2000 (‘Wertheim Yearbook 2000’), ed. by Historischer Verein in Verbindung mit dem Staatsarchiv Wertheim (‘Historical Society of Wertheim with the State Archives of Wertheim’) (Wertheim: Verlag des Historischen Vereins Wertheim, 2001): 35-67.

 

“Wenn Zwei sich streiten, freut sich der Dritte: Kreative Spannungen in einer Grafschaft des 18. Jahrhunderts” (‘When Two Are Fighting, a Third Can Benefit: Creative Tensions in an 18th-Century County’), in Europa in der Frühen Neuzeit (‘Europe in the Early Modern Period’), ed. Erich Donnert, vol. 5, Aufklärung in Europa (‘Enlightenment in Europe’) (Cologne/ Weimar/ Vienna: Böhlau, 1999), 341-49.

 

“Toward a Modern Torah: Moses Mendelssohn’s Use of a Banned Bible,” in Modern Judaism 19/ 1 (February 1999): 67-82.

 

“Im Untergrund der Aufklärung: Die Flucht von Johann Lorenz Schmidt” (‘In the Underground of the Enlightenment: The Escape of Johann Lorenz Schmidt’), in Europa in der Frühen Neuzeit (‘Europe in the Early Modern Period’), ed. Erich Donnert, vol. 4, Deutsche Aufklärung (‘German Enlightenment’) (Cologne/ Weimar/ Vienna: Böhlau, 1997), 135-54.

 

“Noble Patrons and Religious Innovators in Eighteenth-Century Germany: The Case of Johann Lorenz Schmidt [1702-49],” in Church History 65 (Sept. 1996): 376-88.

 

 

last revised 29-Jan-12