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Religious Dilemmas

Anto Mišić, Ivan Šestak

Keywords : Dilemma, Faith, Philosophy, Religion, Religious, Salvation, Truth

Citation Information : Mišić A, Šestak I. Religious Dilemmas. 2022; 1 (2-4):186-194.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11005-0032

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 20-03-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Man as an animal rationale et religiosum approaches reality in two ways: rationally—using concepts, and religiously—using myths, symbols, and rituals. Ever since man was sapiens, there have been speech and dilemmas about God, which man, according to his metaphysical intuition, has always posed. Philosophical discourse on God begins with reflections on the nature and value of religion. Dilemmas are possible in religious (philosophical) speech, but they are not possible in religious (faithful) speech. The philosopher seeks the truth, the believer seeks salvation, and they differ significantly in this. It is impossible to avoid that religion encounters philosophical thought because religion, like philosophy, is a “human event” as one of the forms of human life and existence, and everything that “happens” to man is always the subject of his reflection. That is why one can and must constantly ask oneself what religion is, and especially what my religion is, which determines the form of my life. Because of his spiritual powers (reason and will), which form the essential part of the human being, man will always think and strive for truth (be a philosopher), just as he will always strive for freedom, goodness, and salvation (be a believer). Although there will always be people who are not philosophers and who are not believers. Just as it is not possible to separate man from his rationality, so it is not possible to separate him from his religiosity. And the dilemma from the title of this symposium: “Faith in God, unites or divides” should be changed into the statement: faith in God unites, not divides.

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