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Cut Loose from History

Peter Hinchliff

in God and History

Published in print June 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263333
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682483 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263333.003.0007
Cut Loose from History

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This chapter explores the origins and ideas of British Idealism. It argues that the strength of idealism was that it seemed to offer sound arguments in support of theism. Christian theologians believed that their philosophy provided a climate of thought in which Christianity could flourish. However, idealism could not provide more than a friendly environment. Because idealists appeared to be vigorously defending the Christian tradition, and to be doing so with a systematic and coherent metaphysical apologetic, it was not always realized just how radically different their interpretation of Christianity was. A purely metaphysical Christ had no real substitute for a historical one, for the Christ of Christian tradition had to be related to the Jesus of history.

Keywords: British Idealism; metaphysical apologetic; Christ; Jesus of history; Christian theology

Chapter.  12007 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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