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Believing in Order to SeeOn the Rationality of Revelation and the Irrationality of Some Believers$
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Jean-Luc Marion

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275847

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275847.001.0001

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In Defense of Argument

In Defense of Argument

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(p.14) 2 In Defense of Argument
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Believing in Order to See
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Jean-Luc Marion

, Christina M. Gschwandtner
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275847.003.0002

The chapter further develops the present situation as a time of nihilism and ideology. We are in a crisis of reason. Instead of demonizing modernity or ignoring it, we must be more reasonable, namely by unfolding the logic of Revelation. Marion considers and then refutes a communicational model of rationality, which is unable to produce ethical norms. He argues that there is no shame in speaking from a minority position, as long as it is rational. Catholicism can present a prophetic call to the larger culture, precisely through a defense of rigorous rationality in the kind of apologia that the martyrs displayed in their witness to Revelation.

Keywords:   nihilism, norms, rationality, revelation, witness

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