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Pauline Theology In The Weimar Republic: Hans Jonas, Karl Barth, And Martin Heidegger

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Hans Jonas must be understood as one who both opposed a dualism that set man over and against the world and as one who hoped to save enough of the dualistic insight to make human life meaningful in the first place. The balance was perforce a delicate one. It was also the hallmark of Jonas?s philosophical career?and the philosophical expression of his most basic sentiments about human life on this planet. This chapter offers an account that discovers the kernel of this stance in an early and fundamental confrontation?not with Martin Heidegger and not with the Gnostics (or not merely with them), but in a Jewish encounter with Paul. The story begins with Augustin. In his book Jonas set out to describe the shift in Augustine?s thought provoked by his encounter with the Pelagian heresy.

Keywords: Augustine; Gnosticism; Hans Jonas; Karl Barth; Martin Heidegger; Pauline problem; Weimar Republic



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