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DOI 10.12887/28-2015-2-110-03

Fr. Grzegorz STRZELCZYK – Theology as Madness

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The present article is devoted to the analysis of some aspects of Christian theology which may render it as ‘madness’ in the sense of “conduct going beyond accepted norms, and customs.” The sources of the ‘going beyond’ in question are located in the teaching and activity of Jesus (which was perceived as madness already by some of his contemporaries), and this transgression has been continued in the dogmatic interpretations of his identity (especially in the doctrine of the Trinity and incarnation). The theology based on them makes claims to the ability to get to know God (albeit with a series of reservations), which in turn may be interpreted as madness in the contemporary context. Moreover, transgression against deep-rooted epistemological or religious attitudes leads in some cases to attitudes which may be identified as ‘mad.’ However, it seems that in those signs of madness, simultaneously, the most meaningful and vivid intuitions are revealed, and they determine the originality of the Christian identity and, in consequence, the originality of Christian theology.

Keywords: theology, madness

Contact: John Paul II Institute, Faculty of Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin,
Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
E-mail: grzegorz@strzelczyk.edu.pl

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. e-ISSN 2720-5355
  3. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 100.00
  4. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887