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It structures his position as a magisterial interpreter of mod- an approach to this multifaceted topic, without ern Protestant thought. This book emerges from any pretence of being more than a model of how his pedagogical realisation that the works of Kant to begin.
The many insightful thought-pieces will and Hegel are requisite to nearly any theme in his be valuable in exploring aesthetics, ancient and fields of social ethics and historical theology. As modern, for years to come. Dorrien embeds his own criticism the sublime, values, and morality. In my view, in humane accounts of the dynamics surrounding these omissions would have been worth at least ambitious publications, harsh reviews, polemical a comment in the introduction, since they are lectures, and belated gestures of reconciliation.
Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: Gary Dorrien the bravado and subsequent chastening of David challenges this claim by recounting the transmis- Friedrich Strauss. This interpersonal accent can sion of Kantian and Hegelian idealism with vivid occasionally sideline thinkers whose thought mer- biographical detail. Bush, gained power with the election of George W. Dorrien's magisterial achievements to date lend his voice a special authority, but in this book, the reader is simply compelled by the deft interplay of nuance and overview.
This unique, fascinating, aggressivelyrevisionary book will have no competition until books appear to argue against it. Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit is a magisterial interpretive history of one of the most important theological deltas of our time. Neville, Boston University "In its lucidity, comprehensiveness and narrative power, Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit is without equal.
One can only marvel. In Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit, noted theologian Gary Dorrien argues that Kantian andpost-Kantian idealism were instrumental in the foundation and development of modern Christian theology.
In this thought-provoking new work, Dorrien contends that while pre-Kantian rationalism offered a critiqueof religion's authority, it held no theory about the creative powers of mind, nor about the spiritual ground and unifying reality of freedom. As Kant provided both of these, he can be considered the originator of modern religious thought.
Dorrien reveals how the post-Kantian idealists also played an important role, by fashioning other forms of liberal religious thought through alternative solutions to the Kantian problems of subjectivity and dualism. Dorrien carefully dissects Kant's three critiques of reason and his moral conception of religion, and analyzes the alternatives to Kant offered by Schleiermacher, Schelling, Hegel, and others.
Dorrien goes on to provide a substantial account of the development of liberal theology in Britain, and the thought of Paul Tillich and Karl Barth, showing how these, as well as the dominant traditions of German liberal theology, and even the powerful critiques of liberal religious idealism proffered by Kierkegaard and the left-Hegelian school, were rooted in Kantian or post-Kantian idealism. Imperial Designs grew out of his extensive speaking against the U.
Economy, Difference, Empire: Social Ethics for Social Justice features his lectures on economic democracy, racial and gender justice, and anti-imperial politics. His next book, In a Post-Hegelian Spirit: Philosophical Theology as Idealistic Discontent, will be published in by Yale University Press, and he is currently completing a book on the history of American democratic socialism.
Dorrien has taught in recent years as the Horace De Y. Raither Distinguished Scholar at Trinity College.
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