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Against Theology, or “The Devotion of a Theology Without Theodicy”

Richard A. Cohen

in The Exorbitant

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230150
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230150.003.0005

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Against Theology, or “The Devotion of a Theology Without               Theodicy”

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Levinas often uses the term theology in three different senses, two of them strict and one of them relatively loose. The first and broader strict sense in which Levinas uses the term theology refers to “formulations of articles of faith.” The second is actually a subset of the first, but must be treated separately according to its specific difference. By “theology” here Levinas refers specifically to Christian dogmas and doctrines, that is to say, Christian representations articulating, expressing, and, above all, performatively actualizing faith in God. This chapter focuses on these two strict meanings of the term theology and the reasons for Levinas's rejection of them. It argues that Levinas is against theology not because he is against religion but because he is for it.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; theology; religion; articles of faith; Christian dogmas

Chapter.  7059 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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