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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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Hans Christian Ørsted
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Dan C. Christensen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.003.0043

Grundtvig retorts on behalf of the State Church against Professor Clausen. Their dispute concerns the clerical vow. Should it be tightened, because it was too lenient, as Grundtvig believed, or should it be liberalized to satisfy the demands of Biblical-critical theologians like Clausen? A.S. Ørsted, the supreme civil servant responsible for the government's legislative work, published an article in his journal to the effect that the clerical vow had proven adequately flexible for centuries. This article enraged the King, not the contents, but the fact that he had published it while the court case was going on. Anders was forced to choose between giving up his career or his authorship. He laid down his pen, and Hans Christian took over his part in the public debate, while having privileged access to inside governmental information through Anders. Hans Christian gives speeches on behalf of the University on religious philosophy.

Keywords:   Grundtvig, Clausen, King Frederik VI, downfall of A.S. Ørsted, H.C. Ørsted public mouthpiece on behalf of both brothers, religious philosophy

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