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Chad Pecknold, associate professor of theology and religious studies, wrote an essay for First Things about the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Leaving Hegel Out of the Synod

From: First Things
Date: Oct. 6, 2015
Author: Chad Pecknold

Professor Thomas Stark has recently argued in Catholic World Report that Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposals on Holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried are inextricably bound up with the errors of the modern philosopher of history, G.W.F. Hegel. If this is true, and there seems to be some evidence that it is, then bishops, periti, and observers at the Synod should understand the influence Hegel has had over modern theology more generally. Moreover, all involved should understand why the Hegelian tendency in modern theology is both influential, tempting—and pastorally disastrous for the Church.

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