Hegel’s Rational Religion

Hegel’s Rational Religion is a systematic treatment of the relation of religion and philosophy in Hegel’s philosophy. Its focal point is an explication and development of Hegel’s claim that speculative philosophy and Christianity, or what Hegel terms “the consummate religion,” are one in content though different in form.

This study proceeds from a careful consideration and technical development of Hegel’s argument for the identity in content of religion and philosophy to the Hegelian meaning of representation and its part in the definition of religion. This work continues with an explanation of the meaning of the Hegelian dialectic and its sublation (or negation and preservation) of religion in and by philosophy. An exposition of the truth in religion and philosophy follows. The study concludes with an argument for the compatibility of Hegel’s philosophy with Christianity and some consideration of how the two work together.

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