Category: History of Christian Thought

Feuerbach and The Essence of Religion

Ludwig Feuerbach

Van Harvey's claim that Feuerbach's Essence of Religion[1] presents an important advance over The Essence of Christianity[2] rings true to me in several ways.  To understand why, it is necessary to first briefly outline Feuerbach's argument in Christianity.

Kierkegaard and Barth on “mediation”

a leap of faith

Barth and Kierkegaard may each in his own way be seen as voices of resistance against the trends inherent in the liberal theology of their respective milieus.  In Fear and Trembling[1], we see Kierkegaard's protest against the totalizing philosophy of…

Kant on Atonement

Anselm of Canterbury

In his Religion[1] Kant lays out an atonement model whose initial dynamics look very much like those of Anselm of Canterbury.  However, in keeping with his commitments to outlining a religion using human reason alone, Kant then eschews any metaphysical…