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The Subject of Religion

Martis, John (2011) The Subject of Religion. Theology and Philosophy, 19. pp. 123-147. ISSN 1229-8972

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Abstract

That religion is in one sense a single subject, is attested by the use of the term to encompass a diversity of particular religions, as cultic and moral religious systems. Yet it appears as a structural requirement of every particular religion that, in the end, it disqualify the claim of each other religion to constituting “true religion” or to providing “truth in religion.” In terms broached by Jacques Derrida, it can be seen that the vocation to truth which every religion as such must claim, is part of a vocation to faith in the holy, understood as life preserved unscathed. However, Derrida identifies several hesitations within the concept of religion. These can be harnessed to a distinction, between religion as a general subject and the instantiations of that subject met in particular religions, to demonstrate each necessarily particular religion, as also each worshipper, as a subject-in-loss, deconstructed in view of the irreconcilability of opposing exigencies, and structurally oriented to allowing the holy other's full sacrificial incursion, in a religion yet to come.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Derrida, religion, interreligious dialogue, interfaith dialogue, subject, subjectivity, self, faith, the Holy, deconstruction, worship
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220315 Philosophy of Religion
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220317 Poststructuralism
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Dr John Martis
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 21:37
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 00:09
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1049

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