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PostPhilosophy: Herder and Progressive Revelation: a Question for Alain de Benoist (Vincent Littrell, US) (John Eipper, USA, 01/23/10 5:48 am)
Vincent Littrell writes: I have a question for Alain de Benoist. I've begun reading Friedrich Schliermacher's On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers (ed. Richard Croutier). Croutier's introduction to the work discusses "neologism" as a Christian theological perspective that maintains biblical authority but restricts "the content of revelation to what can be known by natural reason." (p. xiv) In the discussion Croutier comments that "neologism" provided "impetus to the historical criticism of scripture." Regarding the neologists he then says, "Such writers had not yet discovered that a historical understanding of religion confronts them with the radical otherness of the biblical world. Lessing's and Herder's understanding of history as progressive revelation had not yet penetrated into the world of official theology." (p. xiv) My question: What was Herder's view of "history as progressive revelation"?