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Contingency And Salvation A Hermeneutics Of Christianity From The Perspective Of Heidegger And Thomas Aquinas

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This chapter proposes that religion is a way of responding to the fundamental contingency of life. A hermeneutics of Christianity means making Christianity understandable, explicating it on a level of understanding that is different from the immediate language of faith. The attitude that humans develop with regard to salvation is to be related to the question of truth in the Christian religion. To demonstrate this, the chapter examines the role of the theological virtues. It interprets the virtues of faith, hope and love in relation to the doctrine of virtues in Thomas Aquinas, who can certainly not be said to privilege a faith without reason. When Heidegger interprets early Christianity, his concern is to develop a philosophical framework for understanding the contingency and historicality of life. In his interpretation of Paul's letters to the Thessalonians, Heidegger shows that in early Christian life the moment of contingency is important.

Keywords: contingency; early Christianity; Heidegger; hermeneutics; salvation; Thomas Aquinas



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