File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0106, message 52

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 11:49:31 -0400
Subject: Re: Tantalizing times - arguing for atheism....


There's been much discussion of religion on the history of ideas list at
this address:


> << I believe that what you are describing is the result of the crisis of
>  grand-narrative, the great story of the dominant religions, which is so
>  a part of the Lyotard lists discourse. The supposed crisis in religion is
>  fact the 'death', or perhaps more accurately the proliferation of many
>  micro-discourses, from dominant theisms to multiple trivial local ones.
> Steve, you make a good point but why isn't there more written about
> by postmodern philosophers?  Admittedly, most of my reading in
> is from secondary sources but I don't recall having read any specific
> criticisms of religion anywhere. Granted that Lyotard's identification of
> postmodern incredulity toward metanarratives in the PC implies that god is
> dead but have any contemporary PM philosophers elaborated on the demise of
> religion?
> I have read papers from theologians and right wing religious nuts
> PM, and I have even read a couple of Christian papers praising
> for its critique of rationality but I just haven't seen any interesting
> writings from the postmodernists specifically addressing religion.
> I have sometimes wondered how Lyotard justified his position that
> are moving away from totalizing concepts given the popularity of
> fundamentalism and the fact that a very high percentage of people in the
> declare themselves Christians at least in surveys. Even if there are as
> say, a proliferation of micro discourses wouldn't they still be based on
> universalizing principles?
> Don


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