The Intrinsic Three-in-Oneness of Radical Honesty, (b): Building on Hannah Arendt’s Analysis of Totalitarianism
First-Person theology is all about identifying the anonymous presence of Jesus Christ in whatever contributes to the pure solidarity of the shaken. In trinitarian terms, the interplay between the two solidarities, the solidarity of the shaken and the solidarity of popular church religion, is exactly what also appears in the interplay between First-Person and Second-Person theology. Third-Person theology, likewise, arises out of aspects of Christian experience for which many other religious traditions have little or no equivalent. Heidegger adopts a stance of principled neutrality towards the metaphysical claims of Christian orthodoxy. Heidegger's primary concern is with the pre-political grounding for an ideal nationalism. This chapter focusses especially on Heidegger and on his great critic Emmanuel Levinas. Levinas presents his own thought both as a renewal of metaphysics and, more particularly, as a revival of Platonism. His major philosophic writings are centrally concerned with the pre-political claims of pure honesty.