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Tuesday, March 5 • 10:45 - 12:45
#5/435.7 - The Religious Experience Nowadays - Deconstructing Christianities

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Panel organised by Centro Studi Confronti

In a continuous migrating world, knowledge of the closer and farther women and men’s “religious horizon” – or its shared experience – may help us, on the one hand, to avoid misunderstanding human words and gestures, perfumes and sounds; on the other hand, this knowledge could also arouse the deepest roots of Christian practices and theologies, today fossilized in a normalized and sterile “Eurocentric” dogmatic. Thus, the panel aims to discuss the Christian religious experience nowadays in its biblical, ethno-anthropological, and socio-historical roots, in order to better understand different human religious (Christian) sensitivities. Provisionally, we define as “religious experience” a daily, prereflexive and anticipating human disposition to relate itself to a “not given” world. Christianity and Judaism (although not exclusively) describe this world not immediately detectable by senses (according to rational Western parameters) as the “divine”. We believe that this “experience” is the core knot that keeps tied together the yarn of sensitive and the one of nonsensitive. Both the sensitive and the non-sensitive are described by people (single or group) according to culturally determined points of view (it does not exist a pure sensitive and a pure nonsensitive, both are expression of a socio-historical and cultural setting). Thus, by “experience of the sensitive” we mean the simple act of being in the world and its related consciousness; whereas, with “experience of the non-sensitive” we refer to the cultural ancestral horizon, “prereflexive” or “decided” (by faith or assent to a belief…), continuous revelation of human present and past far horizons.

• Mauro Belcastro (Study Center Confronti - University of Turin)

• John Mbiti (University of Bern)
• Annalisa Butticci (University of Utrecht)


Mauro Belcastro

Study Center Confronti - University of Turin


John Mbiti

University of Bern

Annalisa Butticci

University of Utrecht


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