Christianity, philosophy, and the end of modernity

Holger Zaborowski

in Robert Spaemann's Philosophy of the Human Person

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576777
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722295 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Christianity, philosophy, and the end of modernity

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This chapter further analyzes Spaemann's philosophy of religion and his understanding of Christianity. It focuses on the question of how Spaemann's philosophy provides a model for relating Christianity and philosophy in a ‘post-modern’ yet not anti-modern way. It shows that Spaemann's philosophy not only does not compete with or question the truth claims of Christianity and the theological nature of theology, but even provides Christian theology with the means for a better self-understanding and a better appreciation of reality vis-á-vis modern criticisms, transformations, and distortions of Christianity. The chapter also examines what alternative to modernity Spaemann's philosophy offers. In comparison to many late modern writers, Spaemann provides a substantial alternative to a cast of mind that seems if not wholly flawed then at least fundamentally problematic, because it ultimately does not take seriously the gift of Being as a creation and the reality of human fallenness.

Keywords: Robert Spaemann; philosophy of religion; Christianity; modernity

Chapter.  11523 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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