Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Philosophy of Religion of Alexander Campbell

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Philosophy of Religion of Alexander Campbell

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The Philosophy of Religion of Alexander Campbell. By J. Caleb Clanton. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2013. Pp. [xii], 207. $42.00, ISBN 978-1-57233-946-0.) J. Caleb Clanton has provided a valuable examination of the chief themes of Alexander Campbell's philosophical thought. After surveying Campbell's philosophical influences, the author contrasts Campbell's explanation of the origin of the idea of God with those of John Locke and Rene Descartes. Like Locke, Campbell denied that God placed the idea in the human consciousness, insisting that the idea of God had been revealed through a sensible means--the Bible. Clanton suggests that Campbell's arguments are "unique" in philosophical discussions of the topic yet ultimately are unconvincing (p. 37).

In chapter 3 Clanton explains Campbell's Lockean move from mere theism to Christian theism based on New Testament miracles, especially the resurrection of Christ. Using four criteria for ascertaining the truth or falsity of any statement based on the ideas of Charles Leslie, Campbell asserted that the statement "Jesus performed the miracle of being resurrected from the dead" satisfied all four, confirming the truth of Christianity (p. …

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