By: Richard Oxenberg
ISBN: 978-1-895131-30-7
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A brilliant and highly original examination of the difficult question of how we might think intelligently about religious claims in the modern world.

Richard Oxenberg provides a valuable account of how reason and religion have come to seem ever more distant and opposed to one another over the course of modernity, and argues that an unexpected rapprochement between them can be found in the phenomenological method developed by Martin Heidegger in his epochal work, Being and Time.

Addressing itself to both scholar and layperson, On the Meaning of Human Being opens up Heidegger’s thought in Being and Time with an expert reading of the work. It then applies that reading to an interpretation of the Bible, leading to new points of access to the way in which religion addresses fundamental human questions, and also to new insight into difficulties with Heidegger’s own existential analysis.

A deep consideration of the interface between modernity and religion, On the Meaning of Human Being will interest anyone who is concerned with issues of reason and revelation.


Richard Oxenberg has taught philosophy and general humanities at Boston University, Emory University, and Salem State University. He currently teaches religion and philosophy at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Oxenberg received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University in 2002, with a focus on ethics and religion. He has been an active participant in the Theology Without Walls project that meets regularly at American Academy of Religion regional and national conferences. This project seeks to garner spiritual insight from all the world’s religious traditions. Oxenberg is the author of numerous works on contemporary politics, philosophical ethics, religion, and spirituality. His writing has been featured in publications such as Philosophy Now, Interreligious Insight, and Social Philosophy Today.