There can be no doubt that Kant considered himself a Christian even though he deduced his principles from the purely rational. Brunner felt that philosophical ethics can never be combined with divine self-revelation. Kant's use of reason presupposes a point of identity between the divine and humanity. Because they came out of the Christian tradition, both Kant and Brunner were concerned with justice. Brunner often said that justice was each man having what is his due and Kant felt that right covers the condition under which the volunteer actions of persons are harmonized. So Christianity produces ethics.
About the Author
The Author: William H. Bailey is a retired United Methodist minister living in East Aurora, New York. He received his S.T.D. in Christian Ethics from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. Since his retirement he has written sermons and newspaper articles.
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A clearly written and cogently argued affirmation that true justice lies only in the Christian conception of man; namely, that he was created by God with certain birthrights and a capacity to love his fellow man, and that it is presumptuous to assume that man's reason alone, however 'pure,' can establish the good and the just. I recommend The Ethics of Kant and Brunner: An Existential Blend: to all who are troubled by the sociological and psychiatric jurisprudence that has infected our judicial system today.
For those interested in the ethics of justice, The Ethics of Kant and Brunner: An Existential Blend is insightful and thought-provoking. The contrasts and similarities between Kant and Brunner explored in the context of existential thinking, gave me a new perspective on these two great philosophers. From the opening treatment of the religious and secular evolution of natural and moral law, the book unfolds to an illumination of Kant and Brunner's thoughts on specific issues. William Bailey has selected critical areas such as ethics, human nature, sin, and evil as his platform for examination of Kant and Brunner's philosophies. Of course as I read these sections, I was forced to examine my own position on many of these issues, perhaps the most important function of this book.