Mystic Maybes

Kevin Hart

in After God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225316
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236893 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Mystic Maybes

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This chapter discusses mystic maybes, looking closely at the works of Matthew Arnold and Richard Kearney. Matthew Arnold objected to the idea of flirting with mystic maybes and calling it religion. The discussion suggests that Arnold and Kearney share a common purpose: dissociating metaphysics and the Bible. In Literature and Dogma, Arnold shows that the right construction on the Bible involves a real experimental basis. In so doing, he thinks, people distance themselves from metaphysics. He follows that people do not have to base their faith on an unverifiable assumption to start with, followed by a string of other unverifiable assumptions of the like kind, such as the received theology necessitates. Over a century later, and responding to different pressures, Kearney proposes to explore and evaluate two rival ways of interpreting the divine — the eschatological and the ontotheological.

Keywords: ontotheology; eschatology; Matthew Arnold; Richard Kearney; metaphysics; Bible; divine

Chapter.  5797 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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