I was asked to do a small seminar about the relationship between philosophy and religion throughout history. Not a small task, I decided to go very simple and schematic, knowing that my audience is made of people who are not familiar with philosophy. Therefore I divided the session into 4 parts:
- The ancient Greek philosophy: the turning point was that philosophy started as a rational thinking to explain everything, instead of relying on religion that offers an irrational explanation of the world
- The Christian era until the end of the Middle age: here philosophy was the spoke person of religion
- Modernity until the beginning of the 20th century: a separation between religion and philosophy. Philosophy as the big critic of religion and religiosity
- 20th century until now: Post-modernity is a difficult time where everything is exaggerated. On one hand there is pure reason, science and philosophy and on the other hand, there is religion as an identity crisis.
I believe that the main aim of philosophy nowadays is to give religion what it deserves by cleaning it from all forms of religiosity and fanatisme, by undermining the political power of it, and saving spirituality. This world needs spirituality in its large meaning, as much as it needs nicer people, more humans and humanists from all sides.