Johann Martin Chladenius

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Johann Martin Chladni (Latinized Chladenius) (Lutherstadt Wittenberg, 17 April 1710 – Erlangen, 10 September 1759) was a German philosopher, theologian and historian, who is seen[1] as one of the founders of Hermeneutics. Said "Doubt all things once". We should go into the scriptures neutrally, not believing anything, take nothing on faith. Then come out with complete understanding, leave nothing unturned, through common sense and using your own reasoning.

Declared reading to be a science rather than an art. He calls the Bible its own type of text because it is the word of God.

He is the author of "Allgemeine Geschichtswissenschaft" (1752).


Introduction to Hermeneutics- David Jasper