Johann Joachim Spalding Bibliography

Betrachtungen ber die Bestimmung des Menschen (Reflections on the Destination of Man) 1748
"This basic book on the philosophy of religion of the German Enlightenment was expanded several times and by 1793 had been published in at least thirteen editions. There were translations into several languages, including a French translation by no less a personage than the queen of Prussia. The work documents not only the end of confessional orthodoxy, but also a turning away from Christian Wolff's system on the one hand and from rigid pietism on the other. In their place appears an analysis of the self-experience of man and his emotions (Empfindungen) through the stages of sensuality, of mind, of virtue, of religion, and of immortality. Spalding thus contradicted French materialism, especially Julien Offroy de La Mettrie (L'homme-machine, 1748), and adopted, with a Leibnizian background, the anthropology of the English Enlightenment, for example, the doctrine on virtue of Shaftesbury and Francis Hutcheson." Walter Sparn "Spalding, Johann Joachim" Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment. Ed. Alan Charles Kors. Oxford University Press 2003.
Gedanken ber den Werth der Gefhle im Christentum (Thoughts about the Value of Feelings in Christianity) 1761
šber die Nutzbarkeit des Predigtamtes und deren Bef”rderung (On the Utility of the Office of a Preacher and Ways to Improve It) 1772
Spalding became provost and member of the Prussian church board in Berlin in 1764.
Religion, eine Angelegenheit des Menschen (Religion, a Matter of Man) 1797
A summary of Spalding's ?reasonable Christianity?.