Christianity and Western Thought: Faith and Reason in the 19th Century, By Steve Wilkens and Alan G. Padgett
Christianity and Western Thought
  • Length: 436 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: July 29, 2010
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 3952
  • ISBN: 9780830839520

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Marx, Mill, Hegel, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Emerson, Darwin, Freud and Weber brought to the nineteenth century new realms of thought, which still continue to wield substantial influence today. As a result, the study of history, science, psychology, philosophy, sociology and religion have never been the same.

These heirs to rationalism began to explore the full range of human experience--which became a matter of philosophical and theological interest, and even authority. Romanticism flourished in the arts and literature as Idealism, Transcendentalism, Pragmatism and other movements developed. All had a profound effect on religion and how it was viewed.

In this second of three volumes which survey the dynamic interplay of Christianity and Western thought from the earliest centuries through the twentieth century, Steve Wilkens and Alan Padgett tell the story of the monumental changes of the nineteenth century.


1 A Century of Transition
2 Expanding Rationality
3 Romanticism Christianized/Christianity Romanticized
4 Idealism and the End of Dichotomy
5 Humanity as Divine Incarnation
6 Hegel Inverted
7 Rebellion Against Rationality
8 A Rational Society
9 Act and Idea: Pragmatism and Anglo-American Idealism
10 Confessionalism and Liberalism: Reason and Religion
11 Darwin and the Rise of the Social Sciences
Epilogue: Retrospect and Prospect


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Steve Wilkens

Steve Wilkens (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University. His books include Hidden Worldviews, Faith and Reason: Three Views, Christianity and Western Thought (volumes 2 and 3), and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics.

Alan G. Padgett

Alan G. Padgett (DPhil, Oxford) is professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of God, Eternity and the Nature of Time and Science and the Study of God.