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Wording the World and Worlding the Word

  • Gabriel Vahanian
Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)

Abstract

Polytheistic, monotheistic, or pantheistic, no system, including theism as well as atheism, ever dawns on the human imagination, that does not bear the seed of its own subversion. It makes no difference if one is Greek or Jew, for remember Socrates and Jesus were equally charged with atheism as also were the latter’s followers by the Roman authorities. Like history, religion too is written from the standpoint of the winner. This standpoint seeks either to belie or vindicate legends like that of Prometheus or in particular that of Abraham smashing idols of his father.1 Not to mention Jesus and his strictures against the Temple.2 So that, recalling Feuerbach’s laconic verdict, today’s would-be “atheism is tomorrow’s religion.”3 With this difference, however: today’s atheism is methodological rather than ideological, practical rather than “confessional.”4 Wasn’t it the Devil who, in the Gospel, put faith as well as God into question by leaning on Scriptures and, slyly, muttering, “Will God really be there when you need him? ”5

Keywords

Religious Language Practical Theism Final Vocabulary Biblical Tradition Roman Authority 
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Notes

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