Knowledge versus Religion: The Tension in Goethe’s Faust
Arts and Sciences
The topic of my research project was to investigate the relationship between knowledge and religion in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s drama Faust (1806). In my project, I showed how knowledge and religion are often conflicting forces and questioned in what manner they may be reconciled. I provided historical context to this topic by exploring the contentious role of religion during the enlightenment and through Goethe’s own complicated relationship with religion and Christianity. I then selected key scenes from the drama and analyzed these scenes with regard to the tension between knowledge and religion and its representation in the main characters of Faust and Gretchen. Through my research and close analysis of the text, I concluded that the pursuit of worldly knowledge and leading a religious life are incompatible in Faust.
Crowe, Sarah, "Knowledge versus Religion: The Tension in Goethe’s Faust" (2019). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 792.