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Between Philosophy and Theology
Contemporary Interpretations of Christianity

ISBN 9781138277021
Published November 16, 2016 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

Long past the time when philosophers from different perspectives had joined the funeral procession that declared the death of God, a renewed interest has arisen in regard to the questions of God and religion in philosophy. The turn to secularization has produced its own opposing force. Although they declared themselves from the start as not being religious, thinkers such as Derrida, Vattimo, Zizek, and Badiou have nonetheless maintained an interest in religion. This book brings some of these philosophical views together to present an overview of the philosophical scene in its dealings with religion, but also to move beyond the outsider's perspective. Reflecting on these philosophical interpretations from a fundamental theological perspective, the authors discover in what way these interpretations can challenge an understanding of today's faith. Bringing together thinkers with an established reputation - Kearney, Caputo, Ward, Desmond, Hart, Armour - along with young scholars, this book challenges a range of perspectives by putting them in a new context.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Lieven Boeve and Christophe Brabant; Part 1 Overcoming Onto-Theology: Richard Kearney's Messianism: between the narrative theology of hermeneutics and the negative theology of deconstructionism, Lieven Boeve; Introduction to the thinking of John Caputo: religion without religion is the way out of religion, Stefan Stofanik; The sense of God: a theology of the event with special reference to Christianity, John D. Caputo; Jean-Luc Nancy's deconstruction of Christianity, Joeri Schrijvers. Part 2 Re-Constructive Philosophy for Religion: Introduction to the thinking of Graham Ward, Maarten Wisse; De Certeau and an enquiry into believing, Graham Ward; The between and the liturgy: on rendering W. Desmond’s philosophy fruitful for theology, Joris Geldhof; On God and the between, William Desmond; Religious experience and the phenomenality of God, Kevin Hart. Part 3 Philosophical Interpretations with Political Theological Consequences: René Girard's contribution to political theology: overcoming deadlocks of competition and enmity, Wolfgang Palaver; Introduction to Ellen Armour's thinking: race, sex and religion in postmodernity, Kristien Justaert; Visual theology: diagnosing postmodernity, Ellen T. Armour; Christianity and politics: a biographical-theoretical reading of Gianni Vattimo and Alain Badiou, Frederiek Depoortere. Conclusion: Lessons from philosophy for theology and vice versa, Christophe Brabant and Lieven Boeve; Indexes.

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Lieven Boeve is professor of fundamental theology and Dean of the Faculty of Theology, K.U. Leuven. He also serves as the co-ordinator of the Research Group Theology in a Postmodern Context. His research concerns theological epistemology, religious experience, truth in faith and theology, tradition development and hermeneutics. He is the author of Interrupting Tradition. An Essay on Christian Faith in a Postmodern Context, and God Interrupts History. Theology in a Time of Upheaval. He was the international president of the European Society for Catholic Theology (2005-2009). Christophe Brabant is a postdoctoral researcher at the K.U. Leuven. He is a member of the Research Group Theology in a Postmodern Context of the Faculty of Theology, K.U. Leuven. His research interests include, among others, the influence of postmodern thinking on theology, the hermeneutical turn in theology and especially the work of Paul Ricœur.


'Theologians and philosophers have always engaged in mutually critical and often constructive and enriching debates on questions of method as well as on truth claims in religion in general and Christian faith in particular. This volume invites the reader to consider exciting contributions to such debates by influential contemporary thinkers walking along the boundaries between both disciplines. Pressing issues such as experience, truth, method, revelation, desire, kenosis, plurality and weakness of thinking in a global and post-ontotheological age are explored in great depth and within different horzions. Reading this book greatly benefits established and aspiring philosophers and theologians alike.' Werner G. Jeanrond, University of Glasgow, UK ’...offers a challenging and timely state-of-affairs of the dialogue between theologians and philosophers in the intellectual world of today.’ Philosophia