What role, if any, did Immanuel Kant and post–Kantian idealists such as Hegel play in shaping modern theology? In Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit , noted theologian Gary Dorrien argues that Kantian and post–Kantian idealism were instrumental in the foundation and development of modern Christian theology. In this thought–provoking new work, Dorrien contends that while pre–Kantian rationalism offered a critique of religion's authority, it held no theory about the creative powers of mind
"Masterful Insight into Modern Theology"
In the early 1880s, proponents of what came to be called “the social gospel” founded what is now known as social ethics. This ambitious and magisterial book describes the tradition of social ethics: one that began with the distinctly modern idea that Christianity has a social-ethical mission to transform the structures of society in the direction of social justice.