University of Wisconsin–Madison

Eric Carlsson

Teaching Associate

eric.carlsson@wisc.edu

608.263.1849

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

Eric Carlsson


Biography

I study the intellectual and religious history of early modern Europe and the north Atlantic world, with a focus on the intersection of religion and Enlightenment thought in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Special areas of interest include theology and biblical scholarship, the Christian humanist tradition, religious renewal movements (notably international Pietism and early evangelical Protestantism), Jewish-Christian relations, and theories of secularization. My current research centers on Germany’s Protestant Enlightenment and the seminal figure Johann Salomo Semler; I am writing on links between demonology and anti-Judaism and on the place of body/spirit and letter/spirit dichotomies in the formation of “liberal” theology in the eighteenth century. I teach a variety of courses on thought and religion in early modern Europe and the Atlantic world as well as a two-semester survey of themes in Western intellectual and religious history from antiquity to the present.

Education

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, 1500-1800
  • History 283 – Belief and Unbelief in Modern Europe
  • History 512 – The Enlightenment and Its Critics
  • History 600 – Religion and the Enlightenment