Gianni Vattimo, After Christianity:
The concept of postmodern faith has nothing to do with the acceptance of strictly defined dogmas or with disciplines imposed by a single authority. The Church is certainly an important vehicle for revelation, but it is above all the community of believers who, in charity, hear and interpret freely the meaning of the Christian message, mutually helping and correcting one another. It is an idea of Church, found in many Romantic thinkers such as Novalis and Schleiermacher, that is wrongly treated as a utopia to be dismissed with the other theses of eighteenth- and nineteenth century German idealism. Perhaps it is only be taking seriously this utopia that Christianity will be able to realize in the postmodern world its vocation as a universal religion.