By Ivana Dolejsova
This ebook addresses basic questions in systematic theology and philosophy of faith. How can the Christian tale stay suitable in a postmodern pluralistic society? How can it draw on its conventional assets with out reverting to fundamentalism? How can discussion be maintained with modern tradition with out recourse to types of spiritual reductionism or syncretism?
the writer argues opposed to the idea of apologetics, understood as a defence of human ideals, principles, attitudes and values which by myself may end up in divine fact. With assistance from Derrida, Lyotard and Levinas, she seems to be at the place such apologetic developments in Christianity come from and the way they distort the theological culture, which has provided quite a few insights into the freeing message of Jesus Christ. the main to this distinction lies within the realizing of kin among perform, trust and information. spiritual epistemologies because the Enlightenment supply us conflicting positions. the writer unearths within the epistemology of the overdue Wittgenstein chances for a dialogical discourse which takes perform because the start line for realizing spiritual trust and information, and permits non-fundamentalist «accounts of wish» in Christianity.
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Tilley shows that ‘Contemporary theologians write after Freud, after Wittgenstein, after Auschwitz, after Christendom, after the death of God’ (1995:vi), where ‘A “post”-age is a paradoxical age, an unstable era, both denying and affirming the present power of the past (1995: vi). The complex phenomenon of postmodern critique can be approached from different angles. , 1992, ‘The Modern Democratic Revolution: Reflections on Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition’. , 1994, Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers: 246.
43 Swinburne’s insistence on authorised teaching being built on evidence provides an excellent illustration of what Lyotard meant by metanarratives and their superiority of explanation. Swinburne even raises a question of who is the “best continuer” today, with respect to doctrine and organisation, but does not propose any single body to fulfil this role. On the contrary, he criticises exaggerated Continued from previous page: 39 40 41 42 43 50 tion, sentence-meaning and speaker’s meaning, literal sense, normal meaning, publicly agreed criteria, ambiguity and coherence, see Swinburne, 1992: 9-26; for analogy and metaphor, see 1992:39-49.
I am aware of the fact that there can be different legitimate approaches to apologia. It can address the academic setting with an attempt to gain respect for Christianity by means of providing reasonable arguments for it. As we can see the book involves a number of areas and problems and I do not give a detailed account of these for their own sake; such accounts are available elsewhere. In order to dispel the reader’s false expectations, I will list what the book is not about: (i) the variety of roots and under- 26 In the Orthodox tradition, we find the word theoria as a synonym for contemplation.
Accounts of Hope: A Problem of Method in Postmodern Apologia (Europaische Hochschulschriften Reihe Xxiii, Theologie) by Ivana Dolejsova