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Religion As Exercitatio Mentis: A Case For Theology As A Humanist Discipline

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Schleiermacher's new niche for religion in his speeches is based on the centrality of faith, as he ensures its intellectual independence both from the field of ethics, to which it seemed to become relegated, and from the epistemology moved to the foreground of the debate by Kant. A schoolmaster at the Benedictine monastery of Le Bec in Normandy prior to his elevation to episcopal office, Anselm wrote the work at the behest of his students, who wished to prove the existence of God with the help of reason alone. It is informed by the three following motives with which this chapter concludes. This has made it hard to pursue the discussion of the period's religious codes in tandem with its intellectual achievements rather than with its mystical or spiritual attitudes, for example, as underscoring its obligatory otherness.

Keywords: centrality; epistemology; otherness; religion; theology

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