Tradition and Transformation : Towards a Messianic Critique of Religion

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This article departs from the assumption that any serious discussion of religion has to admit that religious traditions, by their very nature, are dynamic and self-exceeding. Traditions, in other words, are evolving by being actively interpreted and reinterpreted by their adherents in every new time. This is where the notion of critique and self-critique comes into the picture. Precisely because traditions are the products of contingent choices by human individuals – individuals who always run the risk of confusing their own choices with God’s will or commands – they are in constant need of critique. It is my conviction, however, that a pertinent and constructive critique of religion is most successfully achieved when undertaken from within the religious tradition itself. Such a critique from within could be carried out in various ways, drawing on the so-called prophetic vein present in the biblical religious traditions. This article highlights one aspect of this prophetic vein, i.e. the messianic motive. In line with Emmanuel Levinas’ phenomenological reading of the messianic (or perhaps rather messianic reading of phenomenology), its aim is to outline what could be termed a messianic critique of religion.
Titel på gästpublikationPhenomenology and Religion : New Frontiers
RedaktörerJonna Bornemark, Hans Ruin
FörlagSödertörn Philosophical Studies
ISBN (tryckt)9789186069162
StatusPublished - 2010
Externt publiceradJa


ISSN (tryckt)1651-6834

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Religionsvetenskap


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