'As Kant has Shown...': Analytic Theology and the Critical Philosophy

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This chapter explains Kant's attitude towards analytic theology, in particular his reasons for thinking that the results of such a practice will have the status of Belief. The goal is more than merely to provide a specific sort of analytic theology with the imprimatur of an eminent historical philosopher. The motive for focusing on Kant stems rather from the fact that his influence among people working in theology and religious studies is by all accounts immense, and that while many embrace that influence, others - especially those inclined towards analytic theology - find that influence deeply regrettable. It is argued that Kant engages in substantive theology himself and would not stand in clear opposition either to the project of providing analyses of religious concepts (including our concept of God), or to the application of the tools and methods of analytic metaphysics to theological topics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnalytic Theology
Subtitle of host publicationNew Essays in the Philosophy of Theology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191708190
ISBN (Print)9780199203567
StatePublished - Feb 12 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Analytic theology
  • Conceptual analysis
  • Moral beliefs
  • Religious concepts
  • Substantive theology


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