Appeared in Summer 1997, Vol. XXIII, No. 2

By the late eighteenth century, attempts to defend and rejuvenate Christian belief in a divine and supernatural revelation had acquiesced to the rigors of modern scientific inquiry. It became increasingly evident that if a supernatural revelation were to be admitted, the necessary rational conditions or grounds for its possibility would have to be posited initially. In america, the search for such grounds signaled the emergence of post-enlightenment thought and the commencement of a movement toward Romanticism. The Enlightenment tendency to reduce the rationally knowable to the empirically demonstrative triggered the romantic intuitionist reaction rst represented by Transcendentalism.

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