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By Andrew Shanks

This research makes an attempt to know the ongoing modern relevance of Hegel's political theology, which the writer translates as a uniquely radical critique of each type of non secular authoritarianism. through touching on Milan Kundera's inspiration of "kitsch" to Hegel's suggestion, Dr. Shanks indicates that Hegel's philosophy has vital implications, and that it's nonetheless capable of function a source and an concept nowa days, an age during which "kitsch" is pervasive and harmful.

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Nothing, however, could more clearly illustrate the problem, for Anselm can only achieve this result by transforming the story into something purely mythological: in this theology the crucifixion is placed on the same plane as the fall of Adam, and really only on that plane. The relationship of this cosmic drama to the actual historical events in question — the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, and the development of the Christian church on that basis - remains quite extraneous to the argument.

When it cries out that 'God is dead', what has in fact died is ' the abstraction of the divine Being'. 56 A picture of God, in other words, which has hitherto been kept safe from any serious questioning in terms of actual concrete experience. 57 And this is what he means in Faith and Knowledge 34 Hegel's political theology where he speaks of the need to ' re-establish for philosophy... '58 The juxtaposition of the 'speculative' and the 'historic' here, does not mean that the original historical context of the metaphor is just to disappear from view.

This contribution lies 1i) in the profoundly original way in which he sets this particular issue into a broader context of systematic dialogue between philosophical thought and religious dogma in general; and (2) in the way in which he then also goes on to underpin that with a radical polemic against any sort of theological reductionism - by which philosophy, in effect, tries to back off from the actual difficulties of such dialogue. THE BROADER CONTEXT Hegel places the Incarnation into a world-historical context.

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