Categories of the Religious Understanding


In this section of Division II of the Critique of Pure Religion, the following below is a table of the categories of the human understanding in religion, and it should be a guide to help understand the subjects that religious philosophies and canons have enlightened the religious student or teacher of any religion. But, although , the table was created for the field of religion, it should not be confused with Immanuel Kant's Categories of the Understanding as his revolutionary table of the categories of the understanding was directed towards the field of philosophy and subjects that religion does not involve itself in.


And, although we were heavily influenced by Kant's Transcendental Philosophy, our table of categories of the understanding is directed in the field of Religious Studies as the table is basic conceptual thesis of the subjects that religion deals with. In this table, it includes and touches on the subjects that a religious follower or teachers might investigate in their understanding of religion. And, this conceptual chart of religious subjects is original in the concepts, as well as it being crucial to the subject of religious philosophy.


1.) Existence


1.A.) Immaterial --- Material ( Of the Transcendence of Essence )


1.B.) Infinte ---  Restrictive ( Of the Apprehension of Epoch )


1.C.) Immortality --- Mortality ( Of the Course of the Soul )


2.) Modality


2.A.) Freedom --- Confinement ( Of the Natural Right of Self-Sufficinency )


2.B.) Idealistic --- Realistic ( Of the Natural Inclination of the Phenomena )


2.C.) Conviction --- Skeptical ( Of the Temperament of Faith )


3.) Apprehension


3.A.) Philosophical --- Practical ( Of the Judgment of the Senses )


3.B.) Collective --- Singular ( Of the Acquisition of Evidental Theory )


3.C.) Distinctive --- Indistinctive ( Of the Interdependence of Judgment )


4.) Moral Stature


4.A.) Righteousness --- Visceral ( Of Natural Temperance )


4.B.) Reasonable --- Emotive ( Of the Reciprocity of Moral Reasoning )


4.C.) Mutable --- Immutable ( Of the Community of the Moral Canon )


4.D.) Inclination --- Instinctive ( Of the Natural Disposition of the Will )


5.) Causality


5.A.) Accidental --- Inexorability ( Of the Determination of the Contingences )


5.B.) Fatalistic --- Free- Will ( Of the Impermanence of Selection )


5.C.) Effectual --- Ineffectual ( Of the Synchronicity of Events )