The Deifying of Man in Modern Philosophy

Modern Protestant Theology has been described by some as “theology become anthropology.” This description is particularly apt for the theologies found in three significant works of modern philosophy and theology, Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Hegel’s Philosophy of History, and Feuerbach’s The Essence of Christianity. These are not the only ones that fit this description—the … Continue reading The Deifying of Man in Modern Philosophy

Review of In the Twilight of Western Thought

By all evidence, Herman Dooyeweerd, the Dutch professor of law and philosopher, was a man if great intellect and learning. This is evident even in his little book, In the Twilight of Western Thought, intended as an introduction to his philosophy. However, for all his learning, Dooyeweerd does not succeed in clearly articulating his thought—which, … Continue reading Review of In the Twilight of Western Thought

Review of the So-Called Historical Jesus and the Historic Biblical Christ

Buy from Amazon Three of the most influential theologians of the 20th century trace their ideas back to Martin Kähler, a German theologian writing at the end of the 19th and into the 20th century. Kähler’s book The So-Called Historical Jesus and the Historical Biblical Christ was one of his most influential works—influencing and bearing similarities … Continue reading Review of the So-Called Historical Jesus and the Historic Biblical Christ

Modern Theology’s Criticism of Conservatism

Many of the authors writing about theology after the Reformation have raised resounding criticisms of “traditional” or conservative Christianity. The modernist philosophers David Hume (in his Dialogues), Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Martin Kähler, and Rudolf Bultmann have all taken issue with conservative Christianity. I will argue that these authors share a common criticism of the … Continue reading Modern Theology’s Criticism of Conservatism

Review of Dialogue’s Concerning Natural Religion

Buy from Amazon Can God be known through reason or our experience? If so, what can be said about him? These questions are at the heart of the endeavour of natural religion (known today as natural theology), and so are the subject David Hume’s posthumously published Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779). Dialogues is a conversation … Continue reading Review of Dialogue’s Concerning Natural Religion