Hegel broke open the deadliest assumptions of Western thought by
conceiving being as becoming and consciousness as the
social-subjective relation of spirit to itself, yet his white
Eurocentric conceits were grotesquely inflated even by the
standards of his time. With In a Post-Hegelian Spirit , Gary
Dorrien emphasizes both sides of this Hegelian legacy, contending
that it takes a great deal of digging and refuting to recover the
parts of Hegel that still matter for religious thought. By
distilling his signature argument about the role of post-Kantian
idealism in modern Christian thought, Dorrien fashions a
liberationist form of religious idealism: a post-Hegelian religious
philosophy that is simultaneously both Hegelianaas it expounds a
fluid, holistic, open, intersubjective, ambiguous, tragic, and
reconciliatory idea of revelationaand post-Hegelian, as it rejects
the deep-seated flaws in Hegel's thought. Dorrien mines Kant,
Schleiermacher, and Hegel as the foundation of his argument about
intellectual intuition and the creative power of subjectivity.
After analyzing critiques of Hegel by SA,ren Kierkegaard, Karl
Marx, Karl Barth, and Emmanuel Levinas, Dorrien contends that
though these monumental figures were penetrating in their
assessments, they appear one-sided compared to Hegel. In a
Post-Hegelian Spirit furtherengages with the personal idealist
tradition founded by Borden Parker Bowne, the process tradition
founded by Alfred North Whitehead, and the daring cultural
contributions of Paul Tillich, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther
King, Jr., Rosemary Radford Ruether, David Tracy, Peter Hodgson,
Edward Farley, Catherine Keller, and Monica Coleman. Dispelling
common interpretations that Hegel's theology simply fashioned a
closed system, Dorrien argues instead that Hegel can be interpreted
legitimately in six different ways and is best interpreted as a
philosopher of love who developed a Christian theodicy of love
divine. Hegel expounded a process theodicy of God salvaging what
can be salvaged from history, even as his tragic sense of the
carnage of history cuts deep, lingering at Calvary.
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