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Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Charles Sanders Peirce Were Very Similar

Peirce seems to me similar to Bonhoeffer, suspended between an untenable trinitarian orthodoxy weighted with the baggage of 2000 years and a future in which triadic awareness past nominalism would yield up the implicit rewards presaged in his articulation of pragmaticism. My recurrent suggestion that this will require adherence to an actual format for conscious thinking is not, I think, inconsistent with Peirce's own suggestions that ordinary human beings have natural philosophical capacities. Nor is the insistence that ethics and aesthetics be included in the root triad for such thinking entirely random. Ethics via Aristotle was incapable of moving beyond a binary iteration, enabling the worst conflicts. 

Aesthetics was provincialized as an adjunct to the late Dr. Danto's art world. There are all manner of antecedents that are consistent with the universalism that can be attributed to both Peirce and Bonhoeffer. In my view, American unversalism suffered when it followed the vapid leadership of Hosea Ballou and rejected the radical thinking of early universalists like James Relly and John Murray. These men attacked the core trinitarian concept without denying the persistence of sin. Perhaps the best way to express where Peirce and Bonhoeffer came down is to say that both were willing to insist that the world heed the demands inherent in the term agape. And both were aware of the venal nature of humankind but nonetheless committed to continuiity and progress. 

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…