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?

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  • dbH

    Per­haps because of one of the main probe­ms that every the­olo­gian has to
    face: the prob­lem of evil (das Theodizee-Prob­lem). And per­hapse because
    of the doc­trine that there is some­thing the­olo­gians call “sin”, and now
    they try to fig­ure out which way of “feel­ing bad” fits to sin­ners. — Just some con­jec­tures.