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Particularity and Contextuality Interrupting the Public / Private Debate Concerning Religion

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The Theology of Interruption (ToI) abides by important present-day, post-modern insights in hermeneutics. Therefore, it can offer a significant contribution to the public/private debate concerning religion. This chapter introduces the ToI, investigates its prospects and problems, in particular in relation to the public/private debate, and then introduces Hermeneutics of Interruption (HoI). Finally, it emphasizes that religious and non-religious traditions, in a distinct manner, are always both private and public. The chapter starts with a description of Boeve's starting-point, by delineating four premises fundamental to ToI theory and then continues with his dismissal of the correlation method and correlation theology, and concludes with his endorsement, instead, of the concept of particularity and the method of re-contextualisation, and the corresponding ToI. The ToI is promising for the public / private debate in religion exactly because it dismisses correlation theology.

Keywords: Boeve; correlation theology; Hermeneutics of Interruption (HoI); religion; Theology of Interruption (ToI)



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