Accounts of Hope: A Problem of Method in Postmodern Apologia by Ivana Dolejsova

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 no reverting to fundamentalism? How can discussion be maintained with modern tradition with no recourse to types of spiritual reductionism or syncretism?
the writer argues opposed to the thought of apologetics, understood as a defence of human ideals, rules, attitudes and values which on my own may end up in divine fact. With the aid of Derrida, Lyotard and Levinas, she seems at the place such apologetic developments in Christianity come from and the way they distort the theological culture, which has provided numerous insights into the freeing message of Jesus Christ. the foremost to this distinction lies within the realizing of family among perform, trust and information. spiritual epistemologies because the Enlightenment supply us conflicting positions. the writer unearths within the epistemology of the past due Wittgenstein chances for a dialogical discourse which takes perform because the place to begin for knowing spiritual trust and information, and permits non-fundamentalist «accounts of wish» in Christianity.

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Building up new metanarratives, according to Lyotard, would increase the danger of yet another more perfect universal dictatorship. In opposition to this he defines the postmodern condition in terms of losing trust in metanarratives as such and moving from a singularity of explanations to a plurality, where, as Derrida similarly emphasised, no single one is “objectively” better than the other. ’ (1994:61) To gain freedom is, in his view, connected with deconstructing such maxims. This, however, is not to be done by using other maxims, simply of a different kind, but by throwing ourselves into the arbitrariness of choices, into the non-prescribability of our decisions.

50)40 The continuity of objective meaning and truth in revelatory events grounding Christianity, is thus, according to Swinburne, guaranteed by the “right” propositions and context, both of which Derrida rejected. Swinburne also relies on evidentialism. ’ (1992:211) The original teaching of Jesus is, according to Swinburne, authorised revelatory teaching by the miracle of resurrection. 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.

4) Hebblethwaite starts this demonstration with a description of today’s world as: pluralistic, secular, transformed by science and technology, insisting on human autonomy, in its numerous extremes lapsing into ethical relativism, subjectivism and nihilism, and generally losing the sense of history, a world in which the phenomena of religion, art and culture are ambiguous. Then he constructs his argument for the recovery of the sources of meaning and hope as a cumulative case53 claiming that it makes more sense to ground things in ‘absolute goodness and absolute beauty’ (27), whose ‘fragile presence in the world is otherwise a complete mystery’ (27–28).

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