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By Ward Blanton

Recent serious conception is interestingly preoccupied with the metaphors and ideas of early Christianity, in particular the faith of Paul. The haunting of secular concept via the very faith it seeks to beat could seem awesome at the start, yet Ward Blanton argues that this contemporary go back through theorists to the assets of early Christianity has precedent in sleek and ostensibly secularizing philosophy, from Kant to Heidegger.

Displacing Christian Origins lines the present serious engagement of Agamben, Derrida, and Žižek, between others, again into 19th- and early-twentieth-century philosophers of early Christianity. via evaluating those an important moments within the glossy background of philosophy with exemplars of recent biblical scholarship—David Friedrich Strauss, Adolf Deissmann, and Albert Schweitzer—Blanton bargains a brand new manner for serious thought to construe the connection among the fashionable previous and the biblical traditions to which we appear to be drawn as soon as again.

An cutting edge contribution to the highbrow heritage of biblical exegesis, Displacing Christian Origins will advertise expert and fruitful debate among faith and philosophy. 

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28 In this comment from Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone, Kant agrees with Hegel that forgetfulness provides the crucial index of the way the Bible functions within society, a forgetfulness that needs to be observed and combated, ironically, by the austerity of the philosophical idiom. Again, it is worth remembering that the basic distinction between types of Bible readers likewise organizes the distinction between the higher and lower faculties. ’ ” 29 Hegel’s treatment of the Bible continually gambles on this connection between the aura of biblical literature and a kind of nonengagement or forgetfulness that determines its reading.

In the case of David Friedrich Strauss, author of the (in)famous Das Leben Jesu, chapter 1 considers the biblical critic’s reception of Hegel and, more importantly, his attempt to fashion from a Hegelian modernity an image of the biblical critic as the embodiment of a cultural avant-garde. The position of the biblical critic in Strauss’s writings becomes a crucial placeholder in the basic distinction between premodern religion and a modernity that has freed itself from the thrall to a heteronomous book.

The Path of Displacing Christian Origins The reconfiguration of cultural memory presented here operates primarily through a rethinking of New Testament historiography in relation to Continental philosophical thought and the mediated, modern communicative practices within which these disciplines worked. It is necessary to orient ourselves within the vast amount of material that could be engaged here, so I have chosen to focus on three of the most important New Testament scholars of the modern period, David Friedrich Strauss, Adolf Deissmann, and Albert Schweitzer.

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