Mendelssohn, Lessing, and the Problem of Tolerance

One of the first Christians that Mendelssohn encountered upon arriving in Berlin was the playwright and critic Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 – 1781). According to legend, a mutual friend introduced them over a game of chess when they were both 21 years old. They formed an unlikely, lifelong friendship on the basis of their commitment to the enlightened principles of tolerance, free inquiry, and rational religion.

Mendelssohn and Lessing - A German Friendship