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Hegel and Christian TheologyA Reading of the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion$
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Peter C. Hodgson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199273618.001.0001

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Christianity and World Religions

Christianity and World Religions

(p.205) 10 Christianity and World Religions
Hegel and Christian Theology

Peter C. Hodgson (Contributor Webpage)

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The second and longest part of the lectures treats religions other than Christianity under the theme of ‘determinate religion’. It is a topic in which Hegel evinced a growing fascination, but he never achieved a satisfactory arrangement of the materials. What he offers has more the character of a geography or typology of religions than of a history of religions, despite his claim to track the movement of spirit through history. This chapter focuses on Hegel’s affinity with and critique of Asian religions and his evolving treatment of Judaism. The chapter concludes by proposing that the depth structure of Hegel’s thinking is closer to religious pluralism than to inclusivism, and that he envisions a future religion of free and concrete spirit.

Keywords:   world religions, history of religions, Daoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, pluralism, freedom, Tillich

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