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A Response to Derek S. Jeffreys

Robert P. Kraynak


The debate before us is an attempt to understand and to evaluate the principles of Christian personalism, focusing on two key issues: (1) the origins of Christian personalism, especially the question of whether personalism has been influenced by Kant or is largely a product of developments within Thomism; and (2) the wisdom of adopting Christian personalismwhether the personalist approach has improved Christianity or whether it has fatal flaws requiring major revisions. In the debate so far, we have emphasized the first issue and only touched upon the second issue. In my final remarks, I would like to add a clarification about the origins of personalism and then highlight its problemsexplaining why I am not a personalist but an impersonalist, as Simone Weil might have said in her trenchant criticisms of personalism.

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