Luther's Radical Conception of Faith: God, Christ, and Personhood in a Post-Metaphysical Age


  • Guillermo Hansen


Luther's exposition of Paul's letter to the Galatians offers a premier window into a deconstruction of the tandem God, ego and symbolic order of the law by proposing a radical “technology of the self,” a new understanding of what it means to be a person in light of God's own becoming in the flesh—a new subjective perspective. This places the event of belief as a displacement of a socially and ecclesiastically constructed ego-consciousness and the emergence of a new (social) center of subjectivity—Christ consciousness, that is, faith. For Luther the “person” emerges as a radical break with the self-referentiality of the ego and through the perspectival assimilation of God's own subjective experience in the flesh.