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5.0 out of 5 stars

on 20 November 2007
This book is not an easy read. However is not too complicated to allow you to get a glimpse into what these guys want to tell you. I have discovered it while reading books by Tomas Halik, Czech sociologist and a devout Christian who forges new ways about how to 'understand' God.
The book by Vattimo and Rorty, both competent enough to re-think old concepts, chimes with what Halik is talking about in his books - the end of metaphysics and its effects on religious thinking and society in general being the main topic. What I have found extremely interesting is Vattimos theory of KENOSIS or 'emptiness'. In terms of being a human it means to 'empty' the space of one's soul for God to enter (see also D.T.Suzuki:Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist). However, in terms of God's perspective KENOSIS is to be seen as a total 'hand-over' of His will to human beings, the incarnation of Christ being the perfection thereof. Through such reasoning, Vattimo arrives at an interesting declaration: the secularization - perceived by many as a threat to the existence of Christianity as such - is the basic attribute of genuine religious experience. As I am a keen student of Zen-Buddhism, I cannot not to see resemblances between Vattimo's interpretation of Kenosis and Zen-buddhist theory of 'becoming HERE-and-NOW'. This, of course has far-reaching implications for understanding God. In his latest book Halik quotes from Bible saying that God is so close that you can't see him - is this not to say that God is everything we do and that God is our life? And is this not what Zen-Buddhism defines as Satori? I liked this tiny book.
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