Questioning God

Questioning God

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Jacques Derrida and other scholars explore postmodern thinking about God and consider the nature of forgiveness in relation to the paradoxes of the gift.
In fifteen insightful essays, Jacques Derrida and an international group of scholars explore the implications of deconstruction for religion, focusing on two topics: God and forgiveness. Among the themes addressed by contributors are the possibilities of imagining God as unthinkable, imagining God as nonpatriarchal, imagining a return to Augustine, and imagining an age in which praise is far more important than narrative. Questioning God moves readers beyond the parameters of metaphysical reason and modernist rationality as it attempts to think the questions of God and forgiveness in a postmodernist context.
Contributors include John D. Caputo, Jacques Derrida, Mark Dooley, Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Robert Gibbs, Jean Greisch, Kevin Hart, Richard Kearney, Cleo McNelly Kearns, John Milbank, Regina M. Schwartz, Michael J. Scanlon, and Graham Ward.
“What sets this work apart from the majority of other publications on the subject of postmodern theology and prevents it from descending into a sanctimonious hagiography of Derrida’s genius is the presence among the contributors of Graham Ward and John Milbank, two of the founding members of the movement known as radical orthodoxy. This present work is the first to document supporters of radical orthodoxy critically engaging with proponents of Derridean deconstruction.” —Perspectives

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253108678
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Series: Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 372
File size: 597 KB

About the Author

<P>John D. Caputo is David R. Cook Chair of Philosophy at Villanova University. He is author of More Radical Hermeneutics; The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida; Against Ethics; and Radical Hermeneutics. He is co-editor (with Michael J. Scanlon) of God, the Gift, and Postmodernism.</P><P>Mark Dooley is John Henry Newman Scholar in Theology at University College, Dublin. He is author of The Politics of Exodus and From Aquinas to Derrida.</P><P>Michael J. Scanlon is Josephine C. Connelly Chair of Christian Theology at Villanova University. His articles have appeared in Catholic Theological Society of America Proceedings, New Theology Review, and Augustinian Studies. </P>

Table of Contents

<P>Introduction: God Forgive John D. Caputo, Mark Dooley, Michael J. Scanlon</P><P>Part 1. Forgiving<BR>1. To Forgive: The Unforgivable and the Imprescriptible Jacques Derrida<BR>2. On Forgiveness: A Discussion with Jacques Derrida Moderated by Richard Kearney<BR>3. Returning/Forgiving: Ethics and Theology Robert Gibbs<BR>4. Forgiveness and Incarnation John Milbank<BR>5. The Catastrophe of Memory: Derrida, Milbank and the (Im)possibility of Forgiveness Mark Dooley</P><P><BR>Part 2. God<BR>6. The God Who May Be Richard Kearney<BR>7. On Interruption Kevin Hart<BR>Response by Jacques Derrida<BR>8. Questioning Narratives of God: The Immeasurable in Measures Regina M. Schwartz<BR>Response by Jacques Derrida<BR>9. Idipsum: Divine Selfhood and the Postmodern Subject Jean Greisch<BR>10. The Humiliated Self as the Rhetorical Self Michael J. Scanlon<BR>11. Questioning God Graham Ward<BR>12. What Do I Love When I Love My God? Deconstruction and Radical Orthodoxy John D. Caputo<BR>13. The Scandals of the Sign: The Virgin Mary as Supplement in the Religions of the Book Cleo McNelly Kearns<BR>14. Being, Subjectivity, Otherness: The Idols of God Francis Schüssler Fiorenza </P><P>Contributors<BR>Index</P>

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