Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Title

Could Kant’s jesus be god?

Language

English

Abstract

Although Kant had a high regard for Jesus as a moral teacher, interpreters typically assume that his philosophy disallows belief in Jesus as God. Those who regard Kant as a moral reductionist are especially likely to offer a negative construal of the densely-argued subsection of his 1793 Religion that relates directly to this issue. The recent "affirmative" trend in Kant-scholarship provides the basis for an alternative reading. First, theologians must regard Jesus as human so that belief in Jesus can empower believers to become good. Second, theologians may refer to Jesus as divine by identifying his disposition as exemplifying the "archetype of perfect humanity." Third, Judeo-Christian history poses an empirical problem that theologians can solve by interpreting Jesus's divinity according to the schematism of analogy. While this does not constitute a robust (identifiably Christian) doctrine of Jesus's divinity, it does provide clear guidelines for formulating such a tenet of historical faith.

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

International Philosophical Quarterly

Volume

52

Issue

4

Start Page

421

End Page

437

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center

DOI

10.5840/ipq201252443

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/ipq201252443

ISSN (print)

00190365

ISSN (electronic)

21538077

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