Year: 2001 Source: Continuity and Change, v.16, no.1, (May 2001), p.45-70 SIEC No: 20011445

A jurisdictional dispute over the burial of suicides in Electoral Saxony in the years 1702-1706 brought into sharp contrast conflicting views of the body in popular belief & Lutheran pastoral theology, & in the secularizing project of the early Enlightenment. The dispute centered on the practical, local implications of territorialism, a theory of church subordination to the state developed in the 1690s by Christian Thomasius. Considered in its intellectual & institutional contexts, the Saxon dispute illustrates the importance of the body to an understanding of secularization, the early Enlightenment, & the history of suicide. (93 notes)