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Christianity, truth, and weakening faith : a dialogue

Author: Gianni Vattimo; René Girard; Pierpaolo Antonello
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English-language edView all editions and formats
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"The debate over the place of religion in secular, democratic societies often polarizes 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  Read more...
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Named Person: René Girard
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gianni Vattimo; René Girard; Pierpaolo Antonello
ISBN: 9780231148283 0231148283 9780231520416 0231520417
OCLC Number: 417444561
Description: viii, 124 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Introduction / Pierpaolo Antonello --
Christianity and modernity / Gianni Vattimo and René Girard --
Faith and relativism / Gianni Vattimo and René Girard --
Hermeneutics, authority, tradition / Gianni Vattimo and René Girard --
Heidegger and Girard : kenosis and the end of metaphysics / Gianni Vattimo --
Not just interpretations, there are facts, too / René Girard.
Other Titles: Verita o fede debole.
Responsibility: Gianni Vattimo and René Girard ; edited by Pierpaolo Antonello ; translated by William McCuaig.

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"The debate over the place of religion in secular, democratic societies often polarizes 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 Rene 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 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 both intimate and enlightening, Vattimo and Girard share their unparalleled insight into religion, modernity, and the role of Christianity, especially as it exists in our multicultural world."--Jacket.

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