Does God exist? Is the common experience through our senses the only and most exhaustive way of knowing? Is it meaningful to speak of a final reality, Infinity, or the Absolute? What is to be understood by concepts such as the soul, spirit, or love? Are religious truths philosophically relevant and moreover tenable? Does the existence of the world and humankind have a deeper purpose? Furthermore is it meaningful to speak of purpose? Questions concerning the divine mystery, or the source of being, concerning the origin and purpose of humankind are inseparable from human existence. Human beings have asked themselves these questions since time immemorial and have answered them in various ways. Myths and religious beliefs were here before philosophical reflections. Religion and myth represent a primary means of man relating to his or her experience and a funda ← 7 | 8 → mental way of asking questions concerning transcendence. “Religion is more original than philosophy since it conveys a spontaneous relationship of man to God or to divine forces before it is reflected in thinking” (Coreth, 2008, p. 17). The rational and critical argumentation of philosophy raises very similar questions, however, it is more important for philosophy to problematize what seems to be obvious rather than provide definitive answers or doctrines; after all, these are not possible in the openness and creativity of philosophical thinking as long as the discipline wishes to remain faithful to itself and to the searching of truth; philosophy disturbs and questions conventional schemes of...
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