Kant’s (commonly accepted) Redefinition of

Kant’s (commonly accepted) Redefinition of Faith

Faith is the assent of the mind to a something because it is revealed by God. (It makes no difference here how we come to hold that it has been revealed, only that we hold it has been so.)

Kant keeps the first part the definition: “the assent of the mind to something”, but he drops the second part. He treats “faith in God” as something that the philosopher, as such, is called upon to have. The objects of faith are no longer things held to be revealed by a mind higher than our own, rather they become merely things which our reason must postulate for whatever reasons. While this action appears to be humble (“don’t we have to admit that there comes a time when our reason just has to say we don’t know whether God exists? blah, blah, blah”) it is really the height of hubris. It collapses what is in fact a class of truths coming from God into a group of postulates held by human reason.

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