Heythrop Journal 55 (4):650-662 (2014)

David Newheiser
Australian Catholic University
Gianni Vattimo describes a postmodern Christian faith, centered upon love to the exclusion of dogma, that takes its orientation from Joachim’s practice of spiritual interpretation and his view of historical progress towards the age of the Spirit; however, he misconstrues Joachim on both counts. Whereas Vattimo supposes that Joachim's spiritual interpretation of scripture replaces literal readings, Joachim thinks they operate harmoniously together. Likewise, where Vattimo supposes that the Age of the Spirit replaces the ecclesial institutions that preceded it, Joachim is clear that they will persist. Insofar as Joachim insists that profound change is consistent with persistent continuity, I argue that he articulates a relation between time and transformation that directs us beyond Vattimo's postmodern triumphalism, towards the arrival of what still outstrips our imagination.
Keywords Philosophy Of Religion  History of Christianity  Continental Philosophy  Eschatology and Apocalypticism  Philosophy of Time  Postmodernism
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2011.00690.x
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