Fossils and tombs and how they haunt us

Show simple item record Meylahn, Johann-Albrecht 2017-08-03T12:08:02Z 2017-08-03T12:08:02Z 2017-05-12
dc.description This research is part of the project, ‘Towards a practical postfoundational theology as public theology in response to the challenges of lived religion in contemporary Southern Africa’, directed by Prof. Dr Johann Meylahn, Department Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Fossils and tombs in museums fascinate us and haunt us with their secrets. The discovery of the remains of Homo naledi, found, as argued by some, in an ancient burial chamber, promises to reveal secrets of an unremembered past, thus offering clues concerning our present-day humans and maybe influence our human future. The paper will not engage directly with what Homo naledi might contribute to the various science-religion and/or theology conversations but rather engage with the grammars of these conversations, by asking the question, why do tombs and fossils haunt us? This article will bring into the conversation Derrida’s interpretation on tombs and fossils, his hauntology, as well as the fascination with secrets. It will not offer an interpretation of Naledi, but rather ask the question why she inspires (haunts) the belief that she has something to offer the science-religion conversation (which I believe she does), or why she inspires the belief that such discoveries make no difference to the religious views on creation, for example. Whichever way, the dead, and specifically those dead to human memory, when ‘recalled’, haunt us and disturb us with their secrets. en_ZA
dc.description.department Practical Theology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Meylahn, J.-A., 2017, ‘Fossils and tombs and how they haunt us’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 73(3), 4494. 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4494. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4494
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Museums en_ZA
dc.subject Secret en_ZA
dc.subject Science-religion en_ZA
dc.subject Fossils en_ZA
dc.subject Tombs en_ZA
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dc.title Fossils and tombs and how they haunt us en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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