Religion and Rationality: Essays on Reason, God and by Jürgen Habermas

By Jürgen Habermas

This crucial new quantity brings jointly Jürgen Habermas's key writings on faith and non secular trust. In those essays, Habermas explores the relatives among Christian and Jewish suggestion, on one hand, and the Western philosophical culture at the different. He usually ways those concerns via severe encounters with the paintings of others, together with Walter Benjamin, Martin Heidegger, Johann Baptist Metz, and Gershom Scholem. In an creation written particularly for this quantity, Eduardo Mendieta areas Habermas's engagement with faith within the context of his paintings as a complete. Mendieta additionally discusses Habermas's writings when it comes to Jewish Messianism and the Frankfurt tuition, displaying how those essays mirror a major but frequently ignored size of severe conception. the amount concludes with an unique prolonged interview that examines Habermas’s present perspectives on faith and glossy society.

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Wisdom God created all things (Proverbs 3:19). In the New Testament, we find wisdom spoken of in the closest association with Jesus Christ, almost as though it were one of his proper names (see 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:7–8). Then there are all the amazing theophanies and Christophanies (visible manifestations of God or Christ)—the three mysterious visitors that came to see Abraham (Genesis 18:2), the fourth man Nebuchadnezzar saw walking in the flames of the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:24–25)—events pointing beyond themselves to a fuller revelation yet to come.

Speak nothing but the truth about God. Believe in God and his apostles and do not say: “Three”: . . God will not forgive idolatry. He that serves other gods besides God has strayed far indeed (4:171, 114). These verses are often cited in Muslim polemics against the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. But some scholars have questioned whether this is really a valid interpretation. The question is this: Do these verses oppose a truly Christian concept of God, or do they misconstrue the latter for what is really a heretical caricature of this teaching?

7 In 1900 there were 200 million Muslims in the world. Samuel Zwemer, the great scholar-missionary, estimated that since five 52 Ties That Bind, Scars That Hurt out of six Muslims at that time were in countries under British rule, it would only be a matter of time before almost all would become Christians. Zwemer set forth his ideas in a book titled The Disintegration of Islam. Now, a century later, we know only too well what Zwemer could not have known: the dissolution of the British What if Empire, the impact of the rise and fall of Communism on the Islamic world, we sent the creation of independent Muslim evangelists nation-states, the emergence of Islamic rather than fundamentalism, and the loss of a miswarriors?

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