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Title: De particulariteit van de godsdienst en de universaliteit van de rede
Subtitle: Particularity of Religion and Universality of Reason
Author(s): VAN DER VEKEN, Jan
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 58    Issue: 2   Date: 1997   
Pages: 189-193
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.58.2.2002397

Abstract :
Lieven Boeve seems to take it for granted that there is an opposition between the 'modern' concern for universality and our 'postmodern' awareness of invincible particularity. Christian religion however is, according to Whitehead, 'a religion seeking a metaphysics'. Starting from its particular experience (the Exodus-experience; the Abba-experience of Jesus) it throws light upon our existence as a whole and even upon cosmic reality (interpreted as creation). If the God of Israel is the true God, He is also the God of heaven and earth. There is in christian religion itself an unavoidable drive towards universality (and truth). Lieven Boeve agrees that religion should not be relegated to orthopraxis and revelational positivism. True religion cannot give up its claim 'to be true'. Religion focusses more on particularity; philosophy strives for a wider generality. But the two should not be opposed.