By Chad Meister, James Beilby

This spouse offers an unrivalled view of the sector of contemporary Christian suggestion, from the Enlightenment to the 20th century and past. Written through a very good staff of theologians and philosophers of faith, it covers the next issues inside Christian thought:

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  • Major theological matters and key techniques to Christian Theology
  • Recent themes and traits in Christian thought

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And yet we can have, on the basis of pure practical reason, “belief in” God as the highest good; this means belief in postulating a state of affairs in which all agents have achieved virtue, and happiness is distributed in accordance with virtue. In brief, when it comes to the idea of God, there is no empirical content or intuition for cognition. Yet a practical vindication of the ideal of God starts from experience of the moral law, and specifically our awareness of not being fully rational, and yet striving to be rational; God is necessary for this rational and moral striving towards the completion of virtue as worthy of happiness.

F. HEGEL At the same time, throughout his corpus, but especially in his posthumously published Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion (Hegel 1995a) and Lectures on the Philosophy of History (Hegel 1995b), Hegel puts an exclamation point on the Protestant form of Christianity by emphasizing its contrast with Catholicism. Whereas the latter is incoherently a power broker pointing its subjects in an otherworldly direction while demanding absolute obedience of its subjects on matters of faith, doctrine, practices, and forms of life, Protestantism, by contrast, respects the autonomy of individuals and provides religious grounds for a secular form of existence in which economical life, marriage, and the flourishing of the state are key.

Doctrines are the product of a community’s reflection on its own discursive activity; as Schleiermacher put the point in the Brief Outline, “doctrine is developed on the one hand through continual reflection upon Christian selfconsciousness in its various aspects, and on the other hand through the continual effort to fasten down its expression more precisely and with more general agreement” (Schleiermacher 1988: 67). In the Glaubenslehre he divided doctrines generally into three categories, the “poetic,” the “rhetorical,” and the “descriptively didactic” (darstellend belehrenden).

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