The debate over the place of religion in secular, democratic
societies dominates philosophical and intellectual discourse. These
arguments often polarize around simplistic reductions, making
efforts at reconciliation impossible. Yet more rational stances do
exist, positions that broker a peace between relativism and
religion in people's public, private, and ethical lives.
Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith advances just
such a dialogue, featuring the collaboration of two major
philosophers known for their progressive approach to this issue.
Seeking unity over difference, Gianni Vattimo and René Girard turn
to Max Weber, Eric Auerbach, and Marcel Gauchet, among others, in
their exploration of truth and liberty, relativism and faith, and
the tensions of a world filled with new forms of religiously
Vattimo and Girard ultimately conclude that secularism and the
involvement (or lack thereof) of religion in governance are, in
essence, produced by Christianity. In other words, Christianity is
"the religion of the exit from religion," and democracy, civil
rights, the free market, and individual freedoms are all
facilitated by Christian culture. Through an exchange that is both
intimate and enlightening, Vattimo and Girard share their
unparalleled insight into the relationships among religion,
modernity, and the role of Christianity, especially as it exists in
our multicultural world.
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy
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