By B. Keith Putt
Merold Westphal has been within the premier ranks of philosophers who proclaim a brand new postsecular philosophy. through articulating an epistemology delicate to the realities of cognitive finitude and ethical weak spot, he defends a knowledge that starts off in either humility and dedication, person who continually confesses that humans can come upon that means and fact in simple terms as humans, by no means as gods.The current quantity specializes in this knowledge of humility that characterizes Westphal's idea and explores how that knowledge, expressed throughout the redemptive dynamic of doubt, can give a contribution to constructing a postsecular apologetic for faith.This publication can functionality either as an obtainable advent to Westphal should you haven't learn him broadly and in addition as an educated serious appreciation and extension of his paintings in case you are more matured readers.
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One might note in Westphal a kind of convergence with the nonmetaphysical reading William Desmond ................. 17318$ $CH2 03-19-09 15:38:26 PS 29 PAGE 29 in that the effect of Hegel’s ontotheology is the superseding of the transcendent God of classical theism. Hegelian thought, even as ontotheology, comes out on the immanent side, supposedly beyond the God of classical theism, and with a postreligious humanism not entirely uncongenial to the nonmetaphysical readings. Hegel is not really interested in God as transcendence.
For example, (un)faithful forefathers used God’s word to pattern an unchristian racism, taking the language of God’s revelation and distorting it as a means for maintaining white supremacy over blacks. In 1869, Jeremiah Jeter, the editor of Virginia’s state Baptist paper, insisted that ‘‘God had placed between the races ‘an instinctive repugnance . . 86 During a 18 The Benefit of the Doubt ................. 17318$ $CH1 03-19-09 15:38:25 PS PAGE 18 college pastorate in northern Mississippi in 1975, I heard one of my faithful deacons espouse the same argument in a Bible study class!
Aquinas is a traditional philosopher and theologian, is he not? Has he stopped beating his wife yet? No, he is not like the usual wife-beating ontotheologian. And yet . . the guilt by association can continue to stick, even if he seems exonerated, since the guilt sticks to everything. Forensically, Westphal narrows the case, but the scattergun accusation (sometimes shot as such by Heidegger) stills pocks his innocents. And it is no use protesting that Aquinas had no wife! Hegel did have a wife, and interestingly, after Hegel’s death, she found in her husband’s manuscripts on the philosophy of religion things ‘‘vexatious for faith’’ and initially was reluctant to allow their publication.