Blogs, essays and translations concerning primarily the works of

Immanuel Kant and John Wesley

Composed or Translated by
Philip McPherson Rudisill



BLOGS Concerning Kant, Wesley et al. and Featuring

Kant and the Meaning of the Anschauung

Big Bang: Fixed or Fair?

God's Left-hand Joke

A Trinity: No more absurd than the Left and Right Versions of Hand

Atonement (from this Wesleyan's Perspective and with a touch of Kant)

Is Mormonism A Knock Off of Islam? See also quick View of Islam

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Works By and Essays Concerning Kant

Moral Atheist: an Oxymoron?
Kantian response to Sagan's criticism of Kant's moral "proof" of the existence of God. Composed 2011.
This also serves as an introduction to an imagined Lecture at an Athiest Youth Camp.

Abraham: Morally A Monster?
An article (co-authored with Stephen R. Palmquist) published in the October, 2009, edition of The Journal of Religion of the University of Chicago and defending Abraham against Kant's charge of immoral conduct in the attempted slaying of Abraham's son. See also a related addendum: Further Analogies.

How Does The Student Know The Answer To 7+5?
And without ever having been informed about any number beyond 11? Composed 2001.

Drawing Circles In The Air
Expanded essay of one originally published in Kant-Studien, the 2nd Issue of 1996, treating the first (A) version of the Transcendental Deduction of the Categories.

Kant In A(n Extended!!) Nutshell
Summary and exposition of Kant's The Critique of Pure Reason (CPR) Grounding of the Metaphysic of Morals (GMM), The Critique of Practical Reason (CPrR) and Religion Within The Bounds Of Sheer Reason. (Religion). Composed 2007.

Additional Essays on Kant

Translations of Selected Works by Kant Available for Download



Comparison of Kant and Wesley

This will be found as the translator's second appendix to Kant's
Religion Within The Bounds Of Sheer Reason



Essays Concerning John Wesley And Religion

Christian Authority
Exposition letter to John Beyers concerning the authority of the Christian. Composed 1998.
The Golden Rule serves as a universal arbiter of the Christian conscience and is modified only by the Friends Commandment of John 15 and as expressed by Paul in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 10.
PostScrip1 treats briefly of the practical superiority of the Christian faith.
PostScript2 is a missive to a fundamentalist Christian friend regarding the logic of the procedures expressed in the letter and a defense against a charge of an inherent antinomianism.
PostScript3 is another such missive, but this time on the recognition of the inanity of trying to make the scriptures say what we want them to say. This might represent a "Magna Charter" for the Christian conscience.
PostScript 4 presents a response to a challenge to the individual conscience such that we might be supposed to accept the understanding of another person if that be presented in the scripture. This is an attempted refutation of that position based on reason and the scriptures.

The Golden Rule - A Proxy For Scripture
Constitution for a Community of Sovereigns
While not immediately inspired by, certainly this essay is compatible with, and spiritually kin to, Wesley's (Standard) Sermon 30, "Upon Our Lord's Sermon On the Mount" (Discourse X), and especially paragraph 21 forward. Composed 1994.

Christian Liberty and Promise (from a Wesleyan Perspective).
Here I seek to formulate as clearly as possible the liberation of the Christian faith from the materialism of the context of its Jewish origins. In the first appendix I treat of Paul's treatment of homosexuals, women and slavery and the sky; and in the second appendix a consideration of a Christian anti-homosexual film. Composed 2002.

Additional Essays On Wesley



  To contact the author/translator, please e-mail: pmr@kantwesley.com