This title presents an introduction to the influence of Kant's though on theology and the response from theology. The philosophy of Kant is widely acknowledged to have had a major impact on theology. However, due to the vastness and complexity of Kant's philosophical system, contemporary theologians and ethicists tend to steer clear of his actual writings and often exhibit a misunderstanding of his central ideas on reason, morality and religion. Anderson and Bell aim to make Kant accessible again to new generations of students and to challenge twenty-first century academics to return to Enlightenment rationality. "Kant and Theology" takes a fresh look at freedom, evil and human autonomy in Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals and Critique of Practical Reason", as well as his "Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason" and "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?", demonstrating how these core texts can inform debates about a range of topics including salvation, purgatory, ritual practice and the role of reason for religious people today.
"The Philosophy and Theology" series looks at major philosophers and explores their relevance to theological thought as well as the response of theology.
Pamela Anderson is Professor of Philosophy of Religion in the University of Oxford and Fellow of Regent's Park College, Oxford, UK. Dr Jordan Bell is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, UK. His philosophical interests centre on the two-aspect interpretation of Kant's transcendental idealism and the theory of freedom which arises out of it.
Preface; Setting the Scene: Kant as a Philosopher for Theologians. Part I; Introduction; 1. Short biography; 2. General introduction to Kant's philosophy; Part II; Central ideas and main works and their relevance to theology; 3. Science and the Possibility Freedom, Morality and Religion: Critique of Pure Reason and the Critique of Judgement; 4. Kant's Moral Religion: Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, Critique of Practical Reason, and Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason.; 5. Religious Institutions, 'Priestcraft' and the Enlightenment: Religion and 'What Is Enlightenment?'; Part III; Reception and Relevance: Past, Present and Future; 6. Kant's Reception in Theology; 7. Kant's Relevance to Theology Today.
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