Christology of Hegel

By James Yerkes

Subjects: Philosophy Of Religion
Series: SUNY series in Hegelian Studies
Paperback : 9780873956499, 288 pages, June 1983
Hardcover : 9780873956482, 288 pages, June 1983

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Table of contents




Why Hegel?

Why Hegel's Christology?

1. Christology, Christianity and Volksreligion: The Jugendschriften and the Volkserzieher

The Aspiration of the Volkserzieher: A New Volksreligion

The Critique of the Volkserzieher; The Search for a Usable Past

The Theoretical Critique: The Role of Reason and Virtue Religion

The Historical Critique: The Problem of "Positivity" and "Human Nature"

The Doubts of the Volkserzieher: Reasons for Pause

The Developing Political Situation in Germany

The Problem of Destiny: Judaism and Christianity

The Transition from Volkserzieher to Philosopher: The Passion for Unity

2. Christology and Religion: The Religious Context of Christological Interpretation

The Theoretical Characteristics of Religion

Religion as a Dialectical Movement of Reflective Consciousness

Religion as a Form of Thinking Representation

The Practical Characteristics of Religion

Religion as Cultus and Gemeinde

Religion as Recht and Sittlichkeit

3. Christology and Religion: The Christological Fulfillment of Religious Consciousness

The Theoretical Significance of the Incarnation

Christology and the Incarnational Principle

Christology and the "History of God"

The Practical Significance of the Incarnation

Christology and the Life of the Church

Christology, Secular Life, and World History

4. Christology, Theology and Philosophy: A Methodological Inquiry

Theology and the Christian Religion

Theology and Christian Vorstellungen

Theology and Its Hermeneutic Presuppositions

Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology: A Proposal

Theology and Philosophy

The Goal of Philosophy and the Theological Task

The Form of Philosophy and the Theological Task

The Content of Philosophy and the Theological Task

The Scope of Philosophy and the Theological Task

The Problem of the Hermeneutic Circle

Theology and Hegel's Lectures on Philosophy of Religion

The Significance of the LPR for the Task of Fundamental Theology

The Relation of the LPR to the Larger Speculative System


Hegel's Christology in Retrospect

Hegel's Christology in Prospect


Selected Bibliography



James Yerkes undertakes a systematic exploration of the full range of Hegel’s works to discover what philosophical, religious, and historical significance Hegel attributed to the Christian witness that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ.

James Yerkes is Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion.


"The Christology of Hegel by James Yerkes can take its place among the finest studies in Hegel's philosophy of religion in any language. The price of admission to Hegel scholarship of this quality runs high, and Yerkes has paid it. He has mastered all the relevant texts in Hegel's corpus, moving among them with easy familiarity. He has read widely in the best of the secondary literature; the organization of his study shows magisterial command, and he turns his scholarship to the service of well-formulated contemporary issues. " — The Journal of Religion

"It is extraordinarily intelligent, eminently intelligible, and lucidly clear—which last can be said of very few works on Hegel. " — International Studies in Philosophy

"Exposes with unprecedented precision, the central significance of the Christian faith in Hegel's philosophy. " — Religious Studies Review

"Excels in breadth of topic and boldness of execution. " — International Philosophical Quarterly