Westphal (Hermenuetics of Suspcion)

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  • Hume + Hurmenutics of suspicion
    • Hurmeneutics = study of how to interpret things so hermeneutics of suspicion = philosophcal stance on interpretting things suspiciously
      • Scepticism goes back to Ancient Greeks - involves questioning what is possible to know with any certainty - to be sceptical about religion is to qustion someones basis for "knowing God"
        • Suspicion on the other hand asks about motives - what motivated religious believers - Hume suggests in natural history of religion that beelivers are motivated by fear and self interest
    • HUME
      • Stated he was a Deist but clearly athiest - instead of distinguishing between good kernal and bad husks of religion - questioned whether religion might not be bad to the bone
        • DAWKINS -  religious morality is just "sucking up" - a way of reaping material or  perhaps false eschatological benefits
          • Contrasts wih Kant divine command and Duty for Duties sake which is clearly not selfish
          • The History of all hither to existing society is the history of class struggles - Marx - Oppressed by Selifish Husk Church
          • Rituals are obsessive neurosis acts
            • Freud - Religion is wish fulfillment - Universal neurosis
    • Marx - religion is the opiate of the people
      • Religion destroys the most divine feeling in man - the sense of truth
        • DAWKINS -  religious morality is just "sucking up" - a way of reaping material or  perhaps false eschatological benefits
          • Contrasts wih Kant divine command and Duty for Duties sake which is clearly not selfish
          • The History of all hither to existing society is the history of class struggles - Marx - Oppressed by Selifish Husk Church
          • Rituals are obsessive neurosis acts
            • Freud - Religion is wish fulfillment - Universal neurosis
        • Religion Justifies the position of superior - inc Church - workers accept inferiority as "will of God"
        • Oppressed creature in a hostile world
      • Neitzsche - Slave morality - encourages people to humiliate themselves
        • Wanted people to live life affirmingly not life denying.
        • Lower classes turn to religion becuase they think that god is on their side in opposing their oppressors
          • Keirkegaard - Chirstians too comfortable with society

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