University of Wisconsin–Madison

Eric Carlsson

Teaching Associate


Office: 5217 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5034 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-12:00, Thursdays 8:15-9:15

Eric Carlsson


I study the intellectual and religious history of early modern Europe and the north Atlantic world, with a focus on the relationship between religion and Enlightenment thought in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Special areas of interest include theology and biblical scholarship, Christian humanism, religious renewal movements, Jewish-Christian relations, and freethinking and unbelief. I am currently working on several writing projects on Germany’s Protestant Enlightenment and the seminal figure Johann Salomo Semler, including studies on historical theory and religious apologetics, demonology and spirit possession, and biblical hermeneutics. Methodologically, my work treats theological ideas in their specific social, cultural, and ideological contexts as well as within longer traditions of religious discourse. I teach courses on various topics related to the Enlightenment, religious renewal movements, belief and unbelief, and the history of Christianity. I also teach a two-semester survey of Western intellectual and religious history from antiquity to the present.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
B.A., University of Michigan

Selected Publications

  • “The Eighteenth Century,” “The Enlightenment,” “Johann Lorenz von Mosheim,” “Johann Salomo Semler,” and “Rationalism.” In Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, ed. Timothy J. Wengert, et al. (Baker Academic, 2017).
  • “Eighteenth-Century Neology.” In The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800, ed. Ulrich L. Lehner, Richard Muller, and A. G. Roeber (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • “Pietism and Enlightenment Theology’s Historical Turn: The Case of Johann Salomo Semler.” In The Pietist Impulse in Christianity, ed. Christian T. Collins Winn, et al. (Pickwick Publications, 2011).

Selected Awards

  • Distinguished Honors Faculty Award
  • University Housing Honored Instructor
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/Center for German and European Studies Fellowship
  • Rolf und Ursula Schneider-Stiftung Fellowship, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

History Courses

  • History/Relig St 208 – Western Intellectual and Religious History to 1500
  • History/Relig St 209 – Western Intellectual and Religious History since 1500
  • History 223 – The Making of Modern Christianity
  • History 229 – Religious Renewal in the Atlantic World, 1600-1800
  • History 283 – Belief and Unbelief in Modern Europe
  • History 512 – The Enlightenment and Its Critics
  • History 600 – Religion and the Enlightenment