Christian Reflections on the Birth of “Religion”

Joel James Shuman and Keith G. Meador

in Heal Thyself

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154696
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784714 | DOI:
 Christian Reflections on the Birth of “Religion”

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This chapter sketches a genealogy of the religion of the contemporary rapprochement. Modern religion has its origins in the turn away from the biblical narrative and to natural philosophy among theologians and philosophers in the sixteenth century. The existence of God was tied during that time to the regnant philosophical and scientific discourses; when those discourses proclaimed themselves no longer in need of God as an explanatory apparatus, theology (as exemplified by the work of Friedrich Schleiermacher) turned to the thinking and feeling human subject as the basis for all religious belief. As Ludwig Feuerbach pointed out, however, the divinity described by this ontotheology could be explained as nothing more than a projection of deep human desire onto an imaginary being.

Keywords: Biblical; Feuerbach; narrative; natural; philosophy; religion; Schleiermacher; theology

Chapter.  11123 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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