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Vattimo speaks here in the first person—a risk that results in a disarmingly open exploration of the themes of charity, truth, dogmatism, morality, and sin, viewed through the lens of his own life and his own return to Christianity. While deeply critical of institutionalized religion and the Church, Vattimo discovers in the Christian tradition a voice (not a distinct message) whose interpretation is still being played out around us. Shaped by his readings of Nietzsche and Heidegger, Vattimo’s decision to affirm his formation within the Christian tradition provides an original and engaging contribution to the contemporary debate on religion.
At the center of this book is the enigma of belief. Freed by modernity from its Platonic subordination to knowledge, belief is recovered as a crucial and inevitable feature of our cultural and personal lives. “Do you believe?” Vattimo is asked. “I believe so,” he replies.
Introduction: Luca D'Isanto.
Return and philosophy.
Christian inheritance and nihilism.
Incarnation and secularization.
Beyond the violence of metaphysics.
Secularization: a purified faith?.
Christianity and modernity.
Demythification against paradox: the meaning of kenosis.
Demythification of morality.
Demythification of dogmas.
Secularization: the limit of charity.
The substance of faith.
The moral question.
To return where?.
A reduced faith.
Secularization versus tragic thought.
Reason and the leap.
What a pity!.