Transcending Tradition : Towards a Critical Theology of the Spirit

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In recent years, the renewed presence of religion in the European societies has inspired a number of intellectuals on a popular as well as academic level to critically engage with religion. The aim of this article is to give a contribution to this debate. In contrast to the rather reductive and objectifying accounts of religion offered in much of the contemporary critique, I argue that a relevant and constructive critique of religion is most effectively achieved when under- taken from within the religious tradition itself. As an example of an internal critical resource in the Christian tradition, I seek to explore the idea of a continuous revelation through the Holy Spirit, pointing to the self-exceeding nature of every living tradition and thus to our need and duty continuously to engage in a constructive critical reinterpretation of the tradition.


External organisations
  • Stockholm school of theology
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy


  • Vattimo, Zizek, new atheism, Spirit, tradition, critique of religion
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-79
JournalStudia Theologica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes