In a previous post, I outlined how the Lisbon Earthquake of 1795 rocked the Church’s understanding about God. The rise of enlightenment across Europe with its appeal to a more rational understanding of the Divine, resulted in German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher attempting to reconcile the God found in Nature with a God understood through reason […]

‘On 1st November 1755, the city of Lisbon was rocked by an earthquake. It was All Souls Day and many Christians were at church. The earthquake lasted 4-6 minutes and caused total…  …devastation, demolishing virtually all of the buildings in the city. Unsurprisingly, it killed between 60,000 and 90,000 people and destroyed valuable works of […]