1st Edition

Paradox and Contradiction in Theology

Edited By Jonathan Rutledge Copyright 2024
    220 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores and expounds upon questions of paradox and contradiction in theology with an emphasis on recent contributions from analytic philosophical theology. It addresses questions such as: What is the place of paradox in theology? Where might different systems of logic (e.g., paraconsistent ones) find a place in theological discourse (e.g., Christology)? What are proper responses to the presence of contradiction(s) in one’s theological theories? Are appeals to analogical language enough to make sense of paradox? Bringing together an impressive line-up of theologians and philosophers, the volume offers a range of fresh perspectives on a central topic. It is valuable reading for scholars of theology and philosophy of religion.

    Introduction: At the Limit of Comprehension

    Jonathan C. Rutledge

    1. The Problem of Paradox in Analytic Christology

    Sarah Coakley

    2. True Contradictions in Theology

    Greg Restall

    3. What is the Aim of Contradictory Christology

    Sean Ebels-Duggan

    4. Ten Objections to Contradictory Christology

    Jc Beall

    5. Contradictory Christ Without Contradictory Christology

    Kenneth Boyce

    6. Seeming is Believing? An Exploration of Doxastic Responses to the Christological Paradox

    James N. Anderson

    7. Dialectical Jesus

    Elena Ficara

    8. Karl Barth on the Mixed Blessing of Paradoxical Theology

    Andrew B. Torrance

    9. Paradox and Human Flourishing: Ecclesiastes

    Eleonore Stump

    10. Analogy Without Evisceration: Irreducible Analogies in Theology

    Dawn Eschenauer Chow

    11. Mystery at the Spandrels

    Spencer Johnston and Daniel Molto

    12. Paradox and Conceptual Iconography

    Eric Yang


    Jonathan C. Rutledge is a John and Daria Barry Research Fellow in the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, USA.