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Contingent Religions, Contingent Truths? A Philosophical Analysis Of The Role Of Existential Truth In Religious Ways Of Life

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Currently, there is a growing awareness of the contingency of religions and philosophies or visions of life. In particular, relatively new factors, such as migration and individualization, have considerably contributed to the fact that people give more diverging answers to the question of the meaning of life than they did before. In order to discuss the relation between religious contingency and truth, this chapter examines it from an existential point of view. This means that, the chapter treats religion not so much as a set of propositions about the existence of God, his essential attributes, the immortality of the soul, etc., whose truth can be discussed objectively by science and philosophy, but as a particular way of life. The chapter analyses the bifurcation between scientific knowledge, which seems to have the exclusive right to truth, and religious convictions, which seemingly belong to the sphere of contingent opinions.

Keywords: contingent religions; existential truth; philosophical analysis



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