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9. From Quran Criticism to Sociological Reductionism

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This chapter explores the principles and metanarratives that work behind Heikki Rӓisӓnen's hermeneutical theory Rӓisӓnen's main ideas revolve around the interpretation of religion as such, as well as Weberian sociology with the help of which he has wanted to explain the dynamics of the alleged "chain of interpretation". Working as a New Testament scholar, Rӓisӓnen has all his life attempted to explain religion. His early studies both in the area of science of religion and New Testament investigation show that he has attempted to solve the problems concerning the genesis and dynamics of religion as such. After, Hermann Samuel Reimarus, Rӓisӓnen is the first scholar in the West to put much weight on Quran-criticism when developing biblical hermeneutics. Weberian reductionism is clearly detectable in Rӓisӓnen's conception of religion. His hermeneutical theory of the chain of interpretation is based on the idea that all religions are systems of mythological innovation.

Keywords: chain of interpretation; Heikki Rӓisӓnen; Hermann Samuel Reimarus; hermeneutical theory; New Testament; Quran criticism; Weberian reductionism



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