The Hidden God: Luther, Philosophy, and Political Theology by Marius Timmann Mjaaland is a new, important study of the emergence of the notion of deus absconditus which helps trace the distinction between the hidden and the revealed God in the political theology backwards from Derrida’ Of Grammatology (1966) to Goldmann’s The Hidden God (1955), Heidegger’s Being and Time (1927), Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, Pascal’s Pensées, Thomas Müntzer, and Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation (1518). It identifies the origins of the 20th-century deconstruction of metaphysics in the Lutheran destruction of the self-assertion of man in Aristotelian anthropology by the “crucifixion” of old Adam. More generally, it reflects on the hiddenness of meaning, truth, the divine, and the future in hermeneutics and phenomenology, and on the operations of the combined two approaches in textualism and secularism under conditions of homelessness or abyss. It is particularly interesting on the religious origins of the idea of the revolution which my “other self,” Pantelis Polychronidis, and I discuss when visiting St. Stephens Cathedral at night.
June 10, 2016