Postmodern Theory and Biblical Theology : Vanquishing God's Shadow
This book explores the relationship between postmodernism and Christianity. Whereas deconstructionists claim all religious discourses can be radically undermined, Ingraffia argues that the version of Christianity constructed by Nietzsche, Heidegger and especially Derrida ignores Christianity's unique ontological status. This truth, Ingraffia claims, is an unacknowledged influence on leading postmodernist thinkers, thereby demonstrating the priority of the Judaeo-Christian tradition over secular attempts to displace it.
- Electronic book text
- 11 May 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Note on translations of the bible; Introduction: Postmodernism, Ontotheology and Christianity: 1. The modernist ground of postmodern theory; 2. Nietzsche/Heidegger/Derrida on ontotheology; 3. Nietzsche/Heidegger/Derrida on Christianity; Part I. Nietzsche's Mockery: The Rejection of Transcendence: 1. The death of God: loss of belief in the Christian God as the cause of nihilism; 2. Vanquishing God's realm: Nietzsche's abolition of the true world; 3. Nietzsche on the Judaeo-Christian denial of the world and the world to come in the New Testament; 5. On redemption: the eternal return or biblical eschatology; Part II. Heidegger's Forgetting: The Secularisation of Biblical Anthropology: 6. From the death of God to the forgetting of Being; 7. Heidegger's theological origins: from biblical theology to fundamental ontology; 8. The redemptive-eschatological separation of flesh and Spirit in the epistles of the Apostle Paul; 9. Inauthenticity and the flesh; 10. The eigentlich Selbst or the pneumatikos anthropos; Part III. Derrida's Denials: The Deconstruction of Ontotheology: 11. From the ends of man to the beginning of writing; 12. Deconstituting the subject; 13. Writing and metaphysics; 14. Reading the law: the Spirit and the letter; 15. Scripture of ecriture; the limitations of Derrida's deconstruction of ontotheology; Conclusion: Ontotheology, Negative and the theology of the Cross: 1. Denials; negating/negative theology; 2. From ontotheology to the theology of the cross; Bibliography.
'This is a quite extraordinary book: polemical and powerfully original, but also straightforwardly written. I have not read any other book that combines in anything like the way Brian Ingraffia does the three distinct but overlapping fields of postmodern theory, biblical theology and modern metaphysics.' J. Hillis-Miller