The Ethical Edge of Christian Theology [Book Review]

Idealistic Studies 16 (3):267-269 (1986)

Well-versed in contemporary social science and in alternative views of theology and metaphysics, Walter Muelder has remained a practicing idealistic thinker for many years. The subtitle of this substantial volume is: “Forty Years of Communitarian Personalism.” Commencing with a brilliant forty-two page autobiographical statement, the volume contains nineteen essays, dating from 1939–1979, on various theoretical and practical themes. Without being combative or even polemical, Muelder straightforwardly deals with controversial issues and significant religious implications of philosophical Personalism, showing affinity with, if not reliance upon, Ritschl, Bowne, Knudson, and Brightman. While not directly philosophical in character, one finds a philosophical perspective underlying every essay. They constitute a remarkable series of insights into the social nature of human personality and the ethical requirements laid upon society, the nation, and the church. They represent the practical outworkings of a technically trained mind, whose eminent leadership in the most forward areas of religious and social thought has not been duly appreciated.
Keywords Continental Philosophy  History of Philosophy
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