Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue

Kobo ebook | February 15, 2010

byGianni Vattimo, Rene Girard, Pierpaolo Antonello...

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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 inspired violence.

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.

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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'...

Gianni Vattimo is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Turin and a member of the European Parliament. His books with Columbia University Press are Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue (with René Girard), Not Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography, Art's Claim to Truth, After the Death of God, ...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231520417

ISBN - 13:9780231520416

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Table of Contents

Note on the Text
Introduction, by Pierpaolo Antonello
1. Christianity and Modernity, by Gianni Vattimo and René Girard
2. Faith and Relativism, by Gianni Vattimo and René Girard
3. Hermeneutics, Authority, Tradition, by Gianni Vattimo and René Girard
4. Heidegger and Girard: Kénosis and the End of Metaphysics, by Gianni Vattimo
5. Not Just Interpretations, There Are Facts, Too, by René Girard
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Rich, difficult, fascinating, and provocative reading on Christianity and culture from two of the new Europe's leading eggheads.