Theologians

Blaise Pascal

By William Wood

William Wood discusses the philosophy of Blaise Pascal and his distinctive approach to faith. Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, religious philosopher and scientist. His thinking laid the foundation for modern probability theory. He is most famous for what is known as 'Pascal's wager'; the idea that the possible benefits of belief in God will out weight the minimal losses if proved incorrect.

Alvin Plantinga. Part 1.

By Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill discusses the influential Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga.

Alvin Plantinga Part 2

By Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill discuss the philosophy of Alvin Plantinga.

The Theological and Philosophical Thoughts of Karl Rahner

By Karen Kilby

Karen Kilby discusses the philosophical and theological thoughts of Karl Rahner, a German Jesuit priest and theologian.

Karl Rahner was a German Jesuit priest and theologian. He was greatly influenced by Aquinas and Heidegger, particularly the view that knowledge of the world can only be received through the senses and that the mind draws on this through abstraction to create intellectual knowledge. To do this requires the ability to transcend particular instances and it is in this space that Rahner believes humans move towards God and that grace is present.

Paul Ricoeur

By Anthony Thiselton

Anthony Thiselton discusses Paul Ricoeur.

Albrecht Ritschl

By Clive Marsh

Clive Marsh discusses Albrecht Ritschl, the influence of Ferdinand Christian Baur, his thinking, and the quest for the historical Jesus.

Albrecht Ritschl was a German Lutheran theologian. Originally a New Testament scholar he argued for a method of historical criticism that accepts the bible as source of concrete fact and revelation of the work of God. He rejected notions of original sin and understood the death of Jesus as obedience and ethical model, not sacrifice. He viewed repentance and forgiveness as changes in internal orientations towards good and the Kingdom of God.

Friedrich Schleiermacher and His Theology. Part 1.

By Paul Nimmo

Paul Nimmo introduces Schleiermacher and his intellectual context and early theology.

Friedrich Schleiermacher was a German theologian, philosopher and biblical scholar. Sometimes referred to as the Father of Modern Theology, he attempted to reconcile the criticisms of the Enlightenment with Protestant Christianity. He emphasised the role of emotion and imagination in cognition and volition, arguing that the highest form of this is religious and results in an awareness of absolute dependence on God.

Friedrich Schleiermacher. Part 2.

By Paul Nimmo

Paul Nimmo discusses Schleiermacher's mature theology.

Friedrich Schleiermacher was a German theologian, philosopher and biblical scholar. Sometimes referred to as the Father of Modern Theology, he attempted to reconcile the criticisms of the Enlightenment with Protestant Christianity. He emphasised the role of emotion and imagination in cognition and volition, arguing that the highest form of this is religious and results in an awareness of absolute dependence on God.

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