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Making the Heavens Speak

Religion as Poetry

Sloterdijk, Peter

Übersetzt von Hughes, Robert P.

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1. Auflage November 2022
288 Seiten, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-1-5095-4750-0
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The idea of a connection between poetry and religion is as old as civilization. Homer consulted the Olympian gods on the fate of the fighters on the plain before Troy, and the poet made the heavenly ones speak. It was through poetry that the gods were brought within reach of human hearing, even if this mostly consisted in conversations among immortals who were by chance overhead by mortals. In the centuries after Homer, the phenomenon of speaking gods was incorporated into Greek theatre. The Athenian stage set its storylines into motion before the assembled citizenry and, through the generalizable intelligibility of the action, thereby contributed to the emotional synchronization of the public life of the city.

As with the culture of the Ancient Greeks, the theopoetical founding documents of all religions invoke more or less consciously elaborated literary practices, even when the accompanying dogma serves to obscure these facts. Religions, in Sloterdijk's view, are literary products with whose help authors compete for clients in the narrow market of attention of the educated.

This highly original study of the poetic devices on which religious narratives draw offers a new interpretation of religion and a new critique of theological documents through history, as well as a fresh perspective on our contemporary age in which narratives, facts and alternative facts compete with one another.

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The idea of a connection between poetry and religion is as old as civilization. Homer consulted the Olympian gods on the fate of the fighters on the plain before Troy, and the poet made the heavenly ones speak. It was through poetry that the gods were brought within reach of human hearing, even if this mostly consisted in conversations among immortals who were by chance overhead by mortals. In the centuries after Homer, the phenomenon of speaking gods was incorporated into Greek theatre. The Athenian stage set its storylines into motion before the assembled citizenry and, through the generalizable intelligibility of the action, thereby contributed to the emotional synchronization of the public life of the city.

As with the culture of the Ancient Greeks, the theopoetical founding documents of all religions invoke more or less consciously elaborated literary practices, even when the accompanying dogma serves to obscure these facts. Religions, in Sloterdijk's view, are literary products with whose help authors compete for clients in the narrow market of attention of the educated.

This highly original study of the poetic devices on which religious narratives draw offers a new interpretation of religion and a new critique of theological documents through history, as well as a fresh perspective on our contemporary age in which narratives, facts and alternative facts compete with one another.

Acknowledgements

Preface

I Deus ex machina, Deus ex cathedra

1 The gods in the theater

2 Plato's contestation

3 Of the true religion

4 Representing God, being God: an Egyptian solution

5 On the best of all possible heaven dwellers

6 Poetries of power

7 Dwelling in plausibilities

8 The theopoetical difference

9 Revelation whence?

10 The death of the gods

11 'Religion is unbelief': Karl Barth's intervention

12 In the garden of infallibility: Denzinger's world

II Under the high heavens

13 Fictive belonging together

14 Twilight of the gods and sociophany

15 Glory: poems of praise

16 Poetry of patience

17 Poetry of exaggeration: religious virtuosos and their excesses

18 Kerygma, propaganda, supply-side offense, or, When fiction is not to be trifled with

19 On the prose and poetry of the search

20 Religious freedom

In lieu of an afterword

Notes

Index
Peter Sloterdijk is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Karlsruhe School of Design. He is one of the most influential philosophers writing today and is the author of many books including The Critique of Cynical Reason, In the World Interior of Capital, Spheres, You Must Change Your Life and What Happened in the 20th Century?

P. Sloterdijk, Karlsruhe School of Design