, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 33–43 | Cite as

Cheaper than a Corvette: The Relevance of Phenomenology for Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

  • J. Aaron SimmonsEmail author


Contemporary phenomenology has often been critiqued as having crossed into the domain of confessional theology. Though I reject this characterization, I do think it is important to consider how best to understand the distinction between philosophy and theology. Accordingly, in this essay, I argue that continental philosophy of religion faces something of a mid-life crisis regarding its own professional and disciplinary identity as philosophical. Through an engagement with the recent work of Kevin Hart, I argue that new phenomenology provides important resources for maintaining the distinction between philosophy and theology, while also enabling responsible interdisciplinary work for scholars drawing on both discourses.


New phenomenology Continental philosophy of religion Kevin Hart Philosophical theology 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFurman UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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