*Frederiek Depoortere is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO).
GIANNI VATTIMO AND RENÉ GIRARD ON THE UNIQUENESS OF CHRISTIANITY
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2009
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The Heythrop Journal
Volume 50, Issue 5, pages 877–889, September 2009
How to Cite
DEPOORTERE, F. (2009), GIANNI VATTIMO AND RENÉ GIRARD ON THE UNIQUENESS OF CHRISTIANITY. The Heythrop Journal, 50: 877–889. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2008.00468.x
- Issue published online: 12 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2009
The possibility of a naturalistic explanation of religious phenomena (including Christianity) which is offered by natural science gives the question of the uniqueness of Christianity a new urgency, for it raises the question of whether an irreducible otherness in Christianity vis-à-vis a generally-human, natural religiosity (which may be explained naturalistically) can be demonstrated. In what follows, we shall discuss the answer of two contemporary thinkers to this question: that of the Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo and that of the French-American literary critic and fundamental anthropologist René Girard. There is also an interesting link between both thinkers, as we shall see below – Vattimo has stated that it was his reading of Girard which made him return to Christianity after having abandoned it earlier in his life.