No, I did not have religious feelings last weekend, but a terribly nice time with colleagues from systematic theology, when I presented a paper on hope at the Munich conference on Religious Feelings (Friday 16 to Sunday 18). I confess: As a so-called “analytic” philosopher, I nonetheless love to read philosophers like Kierkegaard, Schleiermacher, Husserl and even the Bible. And why not: we all could do with some historical literacy, and analytic thought should, and must not, exclude it. So why does it feel out of place were I referring to Genesis 1, say, at a purely analytic conference 😉 ?
What came as a surprise: today theologians seem to be mainly concerned with negative feelings and emotions. Why is this so?