Chapter

Conclusion

James Fodor

in Christian Hermeneutics

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263494
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263494.003.0009
Conclusion

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Ricœur's central philosophical conviction is that there is always a being-demanding-to-be-said that precedes our actual saying. His arguments for the ontological vehemence of language are to a large extent compelling, but they are at the same time seductive. From a theological perspective, Ricœur's hermeneutics insights are clearly inadequate, even though a good many of them are amenable to theological reflection. There is a deep kinship between reference, trust, and martyrdom, such that to bear faithful witness is to refer truthfully. The reliability of the world (truthful reference), the trustworthiness of others (unfeigned trust), and the faithfulness of God (trustworthy witness) are, in the end, inseparable. Inasmuch as God's self-movement is pre-eminently mimetic, truthful reference to God and faithful refiguring of oneself in Christ constitute the selfsame movement.

Keywords: Ricœur; hermeneutics; theological reflection; reference; trust; truth; mimetic

Chapter.  4539 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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