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Postmodern Apologetics?Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy$
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Christina M. Gschwandtner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242740

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242740.001.0001

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Paul Ricoeur: A God of Poetry and Superabundance

Paul Ricoeur: A God of Poetry and Superabundance

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Postmodern Apologetics?

Christina M. Gschwandtner

Fordham University Press

Chapter 4 focuses Paul Ricoeur’s work on religious hermeneutics. It does not treat all of Ricoeur’s extensive work and certainly does not argue that all of it is religiously motivated, as Ricoeur was always very careful to distinguish his philosophical from his religious projects. Yet the texts in which he is concerned with Scripture or an interpretation of religious experience do indeed make an argument for religious language as meaningful and true. The chapter explores his notion of religious truth as manifestation, as a source of meaning, and as an invitation to transformation. It also shows how his interpretation of religious texts leads him to define religious language as poetic, polyphonic, and excessive. The chapter hence suggests that even the more heavily phenomenological thinkers remain indebted to Ricoeur’s religious hermeneutics, especially in the way in which he defines the “truth” of religious experience.

Keywords:   Ricoeur, hermeneutics, biblical language, poetry, limit-experience, symbol

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