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Gottesmord and Modernity: Voegelin on the Order of History
Gottesmord and Modernity: Voegelin on the Order of History

Author(s): Gergely Egedy
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Tehnopress
Keywords: modernity; political religion; Gnostic thinking; immanentization of history; dreamworld; Gottesmord

Summary/Abstract: This study makes an attempt to outline the critique of modernity by Eric Voegelin. The noted German-born American philospher of history analyzed in his works the nature of modernity and came to the conclusion that the conception of order in modernity differed essentially from the understanding of order in Classical Greek and Judeo-Christian thought. His major assumption is that the responsibility for the crisis of modernity lies with the triumph of “gnostic thinking” which aims to transform human nature. In Voegelin’s reading this attempt represents the “fallacious immenantization of the Christian eschaton”, offering spiritual salvation in this world.

  • Issue Year: IV/2013
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 53-69
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English