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From Thinking to Religion: The Opening of Ideality in 19th Century Protestant Thought

Author(s): Jeffrey W. Robbins

Journal: Journal for Christian Theological Research
ISSN 1087-1624

Volume: 5;
Issue: 5;
Date: 2000;
Original page

I argue for a philosophical continuity and progression to Protestant religious thought in the Nineteenth Century. More specifically, I center on the work of Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Sören Kierkegaard, all of whom are Protestant Christians concerned with maintaining the worth of religion in a culture grown skeptical. It is the great value of Kierkegaard as a religious thinker that he provides a way beyond the conditions and strictures placed on thought by those "defenders of faith' who came before him. Kierkegaard does this by enfranchising a kind of thinking that might be called religious, and thus, makes the object of religious reflection not theology as a cognitive science, but a prayerfulness that makes possible a religious becoming.
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