Within My Heart


The Enlightenment Epistemic Reversal and the Subjective Justification of Religious Belief

By:Michael A. Van Horn
Publisher:Pickwick Publications
Dimensions:152mm x 229mm

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This book illustrates how Christianity in the modern era has been shaped in the direction of subjectivity. In the Enlightenment, after Locke required faith to submit to reason’s judgment, Kant argued that religion should remain within the bounds of reason only. Schleiermacher shifted attention away from belief to devotion to Christ and a feeling of absolute dependence on God. Rejecting Hegel’s system, Kierkegaard summoned his readers to a unique subjective approach to justification by faith.
Revivalist Evangelicalism has been perceived, and portrayed itself, as a rejection of modernism. This study argues instead that the Evangelical-revivalist movement is unmistakably modern in its assumptions regarding the nature of faith. The Pietist impulse, fueled in part by modern anthropocentrism and subjectivism in religious belief, was appropriated by the Evangelical revivalists, such as John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and, later, Charles Finney. In short, Christianity today is a religion of the heart.

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Dimensions 229 x 152 mm



Michael A. Van Horn


Pickwick Publications


152mm x 229mm