Kant as Philosophical Theologian

  • Bernard M. G. Reardon

Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series (LPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: The Young Kant — Pietism and Rationalism

  3. The True Basis of Theism

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  4. Interpreting Christianity

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      Pages 85-85
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 188-214

About this book


This book sets out to present Kant as a theological thinker. His critical philosophy was not only destructive of 'natural' theology, with its attempt to prove divine existence by logical argument, it also left no room for 'revelation' in the traditional sense. Yet Kant himself, who was brought up in Lutheran pietism, certainly believed in God, and could fairly be described as a religious man. But he held that religion can be based only on the moral consciousness, and in his last major work, Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone - discussed here in detail - he interpreted Christianity purely in terms of moral symbolism. It would be no exaggeration to claim that Kant's influence has been decisive for modern theology.


Christianity god Immanuel Kant philosophy of religion religion theology

Authors and affiliations

  • Bernard M. G. Reardon
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  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-08395-4
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1988
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-08397-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-08395-4
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