“Thick” Christian Discourse in the Academy: A Case Study with Jürgen Habermas

Chris Barrigar


Debate exists on the extent to which Christian scholars should use the language of faith in their scholarship—in particular, does Christian theological language provide academic payoff, or should Christian ideas and language be reduced to non-Christian idiom? To engage this debate, in this essay Chris Barrigar undertakes a critique of aspects of the work of Jürgen Habermas by way of Christian theological concepts. The outcome is to show that a critique by explicitly theological categories provides scholarly pay-off—significant insights into Habermas are provided for the wider academic community that would not have been gained without the use of explicitly theological language. Mr. Barrigar is Rector of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Montreal.


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