What has been the fate of Christianity since Nietzsche's famous
announcement of the "death of God"? What is the possibility of
religion, specifically Christianity, thriving in our postmodern
era? In this provocative new book, Gianni Vattimo, leading Italian
philosopher, politician, and framer of the European constitution,
addresses these critical questions.
When Vattimo was asked by a former teacher if he still believed
in God, his reply was, "Well, I believe that I believe." This
paradoxical declaration of faith serves as the foundation for a
brilliant exposition on Christianity in the new millennium -- an
age characterized by a deep uncertainty of opinion -- and a
personal account of how Vattimo himself recovered his faith through
Nietzsche and Heidegger. He first argues that secularization is in
fact the fulfillment of the central Christian message, and prepares
us for a new mode of Christianity. He then explains that
Nietzsche's thesis concerns only the "moral god" and leaves room
for the emergence of "new gods." Third, Vattimo claims that the
postmodern condition of fragmentation, anti-Eurocentrism, and
postcolonialism can be usefully understood in light of Joachim of
Fiore's thesis concerning the "Spiritual Age" of history. Finally,
Vattimo argues for the idea of "weak thought." Because philosophy
in the postmetaphysical age can only acknowledge that "all is
interpretation," that the "real" is always relative and not the
hard and fast "truth" we once thought it to be, contemporary
thought must recognize itself and its claims as "weak" as opposed
to "strong" foundationalist claims of the metaphysical past.
Vattimo concludes that these factors make it possible for religion
and God to become a serious topic for philosophy again, and that
philosophy should now formally engage religion.
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy
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