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God’s Supplement

JOHN E. HARE

in The Moral Gap

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269571
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

God’s Supplement

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This chapter examines Immanuel Kant’s thoughts on the role of God in providing supplement in order to bridge the gap between moral demand and the limitations of the natural human capacity to meet it. It suggests that Kant is not deist about special revelation and that he continued to believe in the central doctrines he was brought up with. It explores his treatment of Christian doctrines about God’s work in man’s salvation and argues that his translation of these doctrines within the pure religion of reason failed to do the work that he intended it to accomplish in relation to the moral gap.

Keywords: Immanuel Kant; God; moral demand; special revelation; salvation; moral gap; Christian doctrines; natural human capacity

Chapter.  14129 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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