At the beginning of a new millennium, philosophical theology has become more contested than ever before. The appearance of non-realist theologies, postmodern theologies, and the theology of 'radical orthodoxy', has provoked a vibrant debate about the nature of theology itself. In what new directions should theology be moving in the wake of the 'end' of modernity? For over thirty years, Don Cupitt has been provoking theologians to reconsider the nature of their discipline. Taking their inspiration from his work and writing in his honour on the occasion of his 70th birthday, some of the leading figures in the contemporary theological scene address urgent questions facing theology today and, in doing so, exemplify the methodological diversity which characterises the contemporary field.
Contents: Introduction, Gavin Hyman. Part One Probing the Roots of Non-Realism: Religious non-realism and spiritual truth, Jeff Astley; Disinterestedness: the idol of modernity, Gavin Hyman; Theologising with a hammer: Friedrich Nietzsche and Don Cupitt, Hugh Rayment-Pickard. Part Two The Postmodern Turn: Theology and post-modernity: an exploration of the origins of a new allegiance, Catherine Pickstock; Re-reading Aquinas in Derrida's Wake, Fergus Kerr; A hiding to nothing: Cupitt and Derrida on the mystery tour, Steven Shakespeare; Between reception and response: interpretation and therapy, Graham Ward. Part Three 'Expressionism' and the Religion of 'Being' And 'Life': Theology and the ethics of sustainability, Rachel Muers; The body in the text: realism and non-realism, revelation and writing-experience, Gerard Loughlin; Cupitt, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, George Pattison; Theology: the trouble it's in, Linda Woodhead. Bibliography of Don Cupitt's academic publications, 1961-2003; Index.