Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason
What are Kant's main reservations about organized religion?
Is Kant's Moral Religion really just a repackaged version of Christianity?
What responsibilities does Kant's Moral Religion place upon individual human agents?
Suggested Essay Topics
Kant is critical of the doctrine of original sin. Explain why he finds this doctrine so implausible.
Kant says that believing in miracles will not help us become better people. What arguments would you make to contradict this claim?
Kant speaks of a "church invisible," a congregation of like-minded individuals whose only allegiance is to the moral law. Members of this congregation do not necessary believe in any particular faith, nor do they regularly participate in any religious rituals. Do you think such a congregation could actually emerge? Explain why or why not.
Comment on Kant's specious argument that Judaism does not encourage personal moral improvement. To what extent can we understand his anti-Semitism as ignorance?
Under Kant's system of Moral Religion, is salvation from God attainable? Is it even a goal?
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