Theology has always viewed Nietzschean thought with a sideways glance, never quite sure what to make of it. Where serious engagement has occurred it has tended to either reject such thought outright or to accept it to such an extent that it loses its identity as Christian theology. This book outlines a model for incorporating Nietzschean thought within the structures of a wholly traditional Christological anthropology. What is perhaps even more significant is what shows up in Christological anthropology under this Nietzschean light. Using Nietzschean concepts a whole new lexicon is opened up for understanding and articulating traditional accounts of sin and fallenness, accounts which modern theology has often lacked the categories to articulate. The book culminates in a doctrine of reconciliation which is given urgency and coherence precisely through such reinvigoration of traditional accounts using Nietzschean thought.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction. Nietzsche and truth: semiotics as the ground of perspectivism; Nietzsche and the self: the will-to-power as an ontology of violence; Nietzsche and the radical orthodoxy of John Milbank; Nietzschean semiotics and Barth's theology of language; Nietzschean ontology in light of Barth's Christological ontology; Reconciliation of self and sign in Barth's Christology; Index.
David Deane is Associate Theologian in Residence at John XXIII University Center and Lecturer in Religious Studies at Colorado State University, USA
’... Deane has made an important contribution to understanding the import of Nietzsche's philosophy for contemporary theology.’ European Journal of Theology