Advanced

Tradition and Transformation : Towards a Messianic Critique of Religion

Svenungsson, Jayne LU (2010) In Phenomenology and Religion : New Frontiers 8. p.205-222
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
publishing date
type
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding
publication status
published
subject
keywords
messianism, prophetism, Levinas, tradition, phenomenology, critique of religion
in
Phenomenology and Religion : New Frontiers
editor
Bornemark, Jonna; Ruin, Hans; and
volume
8
pages
205 - 222
publisher
Södertörn Philosophical Studies
ISSN
1651-6834
ISBN
9789186069162
language
English
LU publication?
no
id
7c654040-4edf-4ebf-ac12-73903e4c398a (old id 8772021)
date added to LUP
2016-02-26 09:19:19
date last changed
2018-05-29 11:36:12
@inbook{7c654040-4edf-4ebf-ac12-73903e4c398a,
  abstract     = {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.},
  author       = {Svenungsson, Jayne},
  editor       = {Bornemark, Jonna and Ruin, Hans},
  isbn         = {9789186069162},
  issn         = {1651-6834},
  keyword      = {messianism,prophetism,Levinas,tradition,phenomenology,critique of religion},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {205--222},
  publisher    = {Södertörn Philosophical Studies},
  series       = {Phenomenology and Religion : New Frontiers},
  title        = {Tradition and Transformation : Towards a Messianic Critique of Religion},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2010},
}