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date: 08 July 2020

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This essay attempts to lay out some of the most central aspects of Kant’s relationship to Christianity, which is as influential as it is complex. The first section explains several core claims in Kant’s philosophical theology by elucidating both Kant’s criticisms of the traditional arguments for the existence of God (i.e., the cosmological, teleological and ontological arguments) and his own positive theistic arguments, which he believes to be more compelling. The second section examines some important elements of Kant’s constructive Christian theology by looking at his interpretations of the doctrines of (i) creation in the image of God, (ii) original sin, (iii) redemption, and (iv) grace.

Keywords: cosmological argument, creation, grace, image of God, ontological argument, original sin, radical evil, teleological argument, theistic proofs

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