Books by Ulrich Lehner


God Is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living for

Translated into German and Spanish.

“ of the most important popular Christian books of 2017. ... If you liked the ‘Benedict Option,” you’ll love ‘God is not Nice.’ Hard to overpraise it.”

Rod Dreher, bestseller-author of 'The Benedict Option'


The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement

Translated into German and Lithuanian. Italian translation in preparation.

A global history of how Catholicism wrestled with new ideas and engaged in a variety of reforms such as tolerance, human rights, religious liberty, liturgical renewal, ecumenism.


On the Road to Vatican II: German Catholic Enlightenment and Reform of the Church

In the present day, there is widespread confusion regarding the theological achievements of the Catholic Enlightenment. This book outlines such contributions in the fields of biblical exegesis, church reform, liturgical renewal, and the move toward a more tolerant view of other churches and religions.


The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology

by Ulrich L. Lehner and Richard A. Muller

This handbook offers a comprehensive and reliable introduction to Christian theological literature originating in Western Europe from, roughly, the end of the French Wars of Religion (1598) to the Congress of Vienna (1815).  


Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines, 1740-1803

Enlightened Monks sheds light on the social, cultural, philosophical, and theological challenges the German Benedictines had to face between 1740 and 1803, and how the Enlightenment process influenced the self-understanding and lifestyle of these religious communities.

Winner of the Gilmary Shea Award, 2012, for the best book on Catholic history.


Enlightenment and Catholicism in Europe: A Transnational History

In recent years, historians have rediscovered the religious dimensions of the Enlightenment. This volume offers a thorough reappraisal of the so-called Catholic Enlightenment as a transnational Enlightenment movement. 


A Companion to the Catholic Enlightenment in Europe (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition)

This book offers the first comprehensive overview of the Catholic Enlightenment in Europe. It surveys the diversity of views about the structure and nature of the movement, pointing toward the possibilities for further research. The volume presents a series of comprehensive treatments on the process and interpretation of Catholic Enlightenment in France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Holy Roman Empire, Malta, Italy and the Habsburg territories.


Monastic Prisons and Torture Chambers: Crime and Punishment in Central European Monasteries, 1600-1800

Translated into German.

This little book provides for the first time an overview of how monasteries in central Europe prosecuted crime and punished their members, and thus introduces a host of new questions for anyone interested in state-church relations, gender questions, the history of violence, or the development of modern monasticism.


Kants Vorsehungskonzept auf dem Hintergrund der deutschen Schulphilosophie und -theologie (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History) (German Edition)

It is widely agreed that Protestant scholasticism influenced Kant's thinking on the question of Divine Providence. But the nature and extent of that influence have never been explored in detail. This is the scholarly lacuna the present volume seeks to fill. It shows how Kant, from his pre-Critical period onward, grappled with the concept of Divine Providence, sought to subjectivize and naturalize it, and how Protestant scholasticism played an important role, both positive and negative, in this endeavor.