Critical Reason and Faith: The Contribution of Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics

J. Haryatmoko


The current age of Postmodernist discourse involves a critique of various forms of oppression. These can take the form of grand narratives, foundations, and the belief in various forms of inflexible truth. But the traditional religious discourse __ with its attempts to understand faith and reason and its reliance on unique singular truths __ can easily lead to charges of dogmatism. So the question is whether religion thought is sufficiently well-equipped for opening itself to postmodern thought which tends to be analogous, flexible and tolerant of a plurality of meanings. This paper will enlist the aid of Ricoeur’s critical hermeneutics to show how traditional religious discourse can adapt to the postmodern age.

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