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By Margret Schuchard

Bernhard Varenius' books stimulated the historical past of technological know-how in any such method that Isaac Newton, Alexander von Humboldt and Tsar Peter the good all talked about him. Varenius wrote the 1st accomplished description of Japan (Descriptio regni Japoniae, 1649) from a eu viewpoint, completely according to a variety of assets. however the influence of his Geographia generalis (1650) explains his score one of the founding fathers of geography as a technology. He referred to as 'general' geography a department of (applied) arithmetic which doesn't care for nearby specifics. The contributions during this publication concentrate on his multi-faceted paintings, the impression of his books and the tragically brief lifetime of this younger polymath from Germany who benefited from the intellectually stimulating milieu of Leiden and Amsterdam. individuals contain: Horst Walter Blanke, Reinhard Duchting, Klaus Lehmann, Robert Mayhew, Sandra Rebok, Folker Reichert, Frank Richter, Margret Schuchard, Denis J.B. Shaw, Ulrich Staffhorst, Johann Anselm Steiger, Rienk H. Vermij, and Ernst-Christian Volkmann.

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15 Kaum ein gutes Haar lässt Osiander an Arndt und enttarnt die BWC als ein Machwerk, das neben einigen orthodoxen Lehren hauptsächlich spiritualistisch-enthusiastischen Irrglauben enthalte. 12 Vgl. Halverscheid, Steiger 1998 u. 2004. Daniel Dilger: Des Ehrwürdigen/ Achtbaren vnd Hochgelarten Herrn Johannis Arndes, im Löblichen Fürstenthumb Lüneburg General Superintendenten, Richtige/ vnd in Gottes Wort wolgegründete Lehre/ in den vier Büchern vom wahren Christenthumb: Jn etlichen Puncten auß dringenden/ Nothwendigen vrsachen/ die in der Vorrede angezogen/ repetiret vnd wiederholet [.

Meanwhile new information had come from travellers who reported from China, India and the American Indians. Many authors tried therefore to answer the demand for a taxonomy of knowledge,21 and Varenius, the son of a theologian, rose to the occasion. 23 Vossius listed and classiÀed polytheistic religions and argued that the heathen deities were really derived from biblical prototypes and that the original revelation was lost through misunderstandings and depreciation. He wanted to reveal the errors of the heathen religions.

10 So schon Wallmann 1980: 18. 11 Dazu Greschat, Müller-Mees, Peil 1977 u. 1978, Schilling. 4 30 johann anselm steiger sei oder außerhalb derselben. Die unterschiedlichen Richtungen innerhalb der heutigen Arndt-Forschung spiegeln letztlich diese historische Kontroverse. Schon zu Lebzeiten Arndts hat es vielfältige Streitigkeiten darüber gegeben, wie die BWC angemessen zu interpretieren seien—so etwa in Braunschweig, dem damaligen Wirkungsort Arndts selbst, wie Walch im 3. 12 Nicht nur Arndt selbst war darum bemüht, die Rechtgläubigkeit seiner BWC unter Beweis zu stellen oder zumindest zu beteuern.

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