Beyond Theism and Atheism: Heidegger’s Significance for Religious Thinking

  • Robert S. Gall

Part of the Studies in Philosophy and Religion book series (STPAR, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Robert S. Gall
    Pages 1-13
  3. Robert S. Gall
    Pages 39-73
  4. Robert S. Gall
    Pages 96-123
  5. Robert S. Gall
    Pages 151-158
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 159-174

About this book


My first year in graduate school marked by initial expo­ sure to Heidegger and some of his important early essays. At tha~ time, disenchanted with the state in which "religious thought" lay, I was quickly struck by the potential Heidegger presented for breaking new ground in a field that had seeming­ ly exhausted itself by reworking the same old issues and answers. That insight, along with the conviction that Heideg­ ger had been misused and misunderstood by theologians and religious thinkers ever since he burst upon the intellectual scene with the publ ication of Sein und Zei t, grew throughout my graduate career and resulted in a dissertation on Heidegger and religious thinking, of which the present text is a revised and updated version. This text reflects my belief that Heid­ egger, when "properly" understood on such matters as truth, God (and gods), and "faith", presents us with a unique voice and vision that cannot be co-opted into any sort of theology -- be it negative, existential, dialectical or Thomistic -­ and indeed seriously challenges the viability of any "theol­ ogy".


Religion atheism theology

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert S. Gall
    • 1
  1. 1.American Academy of ReligionUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8149-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3683-6
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