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Faith and Forgetfulness: Homo Religiosus, Jean-Louis Chrétien, and Heidegger

Institute for Philosophy, University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
Religions 2019, 10(4), 264; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10040264
Received: 8 February 2019 / Revised: 29 March 2019 / Accepted: 8 April 2019 / Published: 12 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Transformation in Contemporary World)
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Abstract

Religion often is conceived as the sine qua non of the human, thus imbedding religious activity implicitly even within our cosmopolitical globalization processes and secular political concepts. This depiction of the human as ever-religious raises a host of concerns: Does it justify that we can believe ourselves to hold a religious identity without any existential choice or faith? Would it entail the presumption of God’s existence, thus possibly leading to God’s becoming a banal Faktum that inhibits the subject from being able to disavow God or not believe? And finally, how is it possible to relate authentically/existentially with our religious life without disregarding this quality of religion as always already operative? In order to provide more specificity to this latter question in particular, this paper focuses on an essential aspect of homo religiosus: faith. Focusing principally upon Heidegger and Jean-Louis Chrétien, this paper develops three ways “forgetfulness” is indispensable to faith; or in another sense, how faith itself also operates in, and is acheived through implicit ways. Indeed, if forgetting is essential to faith, and faith is essential to homo religiosus, then “forgetting” also to some degree is essential to religious life. View Full-Text
Keywords: faith; forgetting; phenomenology; Chrétien; Heidegger faith; forgetting; phenomenology; Chrétien; Heidegger
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Alvis, J.W. Faith and Forgetfulness: Homo Religiosus, Jean-Louis Chrétien, and Heidegger. Religions 2019, 10, 264.

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