Revelation, Reason and Reality: Theological Encounters with Jaspers, Schelling and Baader

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This study provides an in-depth analysis of the relationship between modernity and Christianity. The author argues that the notion of revelation is eminently reasonable and indissolubly connected with being and reality. He takes Jaspers' philosophy of religion as representative of the 'classical' modern critique and gives it its due. He then takes a step backward, so to speak, and by means of a consideration of the history of ideas, seeks to rehabilitate the Christian understanding of revelation. To do this, he ...

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This study provides an in-depth analysis of the relationship between modernity and Christianity. The author argues that the notion of revelation is eminently reasonable and indissolubly connected with being and reality. He takes Jaspers' philosophy of religion as representative of the 'classical' modern critique and gives it its due. He then takes a step backward, so to speak, and by means of a consideration of the history of ideas, seeks to rehabilitate the Christian understanding of revelation. To do this, he draws upon Schelling's remarkable philosophy of revelation and Baader's much less familiar speculative dogmatics. However, this study is much more than a profound philosophical and theological account of the thought of Jaspers, Schelling and Baader. It is above all an eloquent defence of the plausibility and intelligibility of what Christians have always believed. In fact, the author makes a compelling case for the claim that revelation is 'that without which Christianity cannot be thought'.

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Preface     IX
Abbreviations     XIII
Defining Revelation: Some Explorations into the History of Ideas     1
Introduction     1
Etymological, Semantic, and Biblical Backgrounds     2
Revelation's Increasing and Decreasing Importance in the History of Thought     6
A Brief Contemporary Theological Account     9
Conclusion     16
Criticising Revelation: An Analysis of Jaspers' Modern-Critical Philosophy of Religion     21
Introduction     21
Jaspers' Philosophico-Religious Ideal     23
Jaspers as a Typical Representative of Modern Critiques of Religion and Revelation     29
Succinct Theological Critiques of Jaspers     51
Conclusion     63
Revising Revelation: Theological Reflections Inspired by Schelling and Baader     67
Introduction     67
Philosophical-Theological Pre-Positions     76
The Plausibility of Revelation     101
The Content of the Christian Revelation     114
Conclusion     152
Updating Revelation: Provocative Perspectives from within Christianity     161
Introduction     161
Revelation in Public Debate     162
Revelation in CommunityBuilding     168
Revelation in the Theologies of Religions     172
Conclusion     178
Bibliography     181
Index of Names     197
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