I am inspired (again) by the mind of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) – the occasion this time being my third trip through Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone (1793, 2nd 1794 – ET 1934). I’ve read and re-read a lot of Kant’s books since making my first attempt at the Critique of Pure Reason in 1975. When my wife saw me paging through the Critique again about 7 years ago she asked, “Weren’t you reading that book when we first met?” (like, haven’t you finished that yet?). But in my view Kant merits (and rewards) re-reading above all other philosophers.
My second solo study of the Religion was only five years ago (margin notes – no paper). But this week I benefitted a lot from the discipline of a 25-page per day format and the knowledge that I was accompanied by three other students. Before the new year started I found this very interesting 2011 reading plan in theology so attractive that I’m going to try to keep up with Jeremy and bloggers Wes Hargrove , and A.J. Smith at least through April, catching the ‘Liberal’ works on his list. A.J. will lead off the commentary on Jeremy’s blog soon, and I hope to add comments to their posts.
I think my old T.M. Greene translation served me well once again, but I found Werner Pluhar’s 2009 translation, which has some improvements – including an introduction by Steven Palmquist (which amounts to saying I’m bound to read this great work a fourth time someday and am actually looking forward to it).
Meanwhile I’m already embarked on the plan’s second volume, Schleiermacher’s The Christian Faith (1820/31 – ET 1928). You think you know what he meant by Absolute Dependence and God-consciousness? Think again – and join us if you can for 25-pages a day (just started) in this classic work of theology (I haven’t read this one myself except for scattered parts of the text).