The Insistence of God

The Insistence of God : A Theology of Perhaps

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The Insistence of God presents the provocative idea that God does not exist, God insists, while God's existence is a human responsibility, which may or may not happen. For John D. Caputo, God's existence is haunted by "perhaps," which does not signify indecisiveness but an openness to risk, to the unforeseeable. Perhaps constitutes a theology of what is to come and what we cannot see coming. Responding to current critics of continental philosophy, Caputo explores the materiality of perhaps and the promise of the world. He shows how perhaps can become a new theology of the gaps God more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 24mm | 479.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253010071
  • 9780253010070
  • 345,856

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In my life I have read no more stimulating book of theology. Buckle your seatbelt! * Dialog * [T]his is a valuable theological contribution for those with ears to hear. . . . Recommended. * Choice * The Insistence of God is a tour de force of novel, provocative ideas expressed in Heideggerian, Derridean, and Deleuzian rhetoric. It reads like a manifesto for a new wave of Christian theologians who re-imagine theology under the name of theopoetics. * Bibliographia * Caputo's Insistence of God is an excellent text that opens the way into new forms of theological thinking. He puts forward an argument that must be wrestled with and brings to light new avenues for both religious and theological thought. Caputo is not for the faint of heart as his style is, at times, trenchant; but, in the end, wrestling with his work makes one better on the other side. * Reviews in Religion and Theology *show more

About John D. Caputo

John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University. He is author of The Weakness of God (IUP, 2006), which won the American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Constructive-Reflective Studies more

Table of contents

Preface: The Gap God OpensAcknowledgmentsPart 1. The Insistence of God 1. God, Perhaps: The Fear of One Small Word 2. The Insistence of God 3. Insistence and Hospitality: Mary and Martha in a Postmodern WorldPart 2. Theopoetics: The Insistence of Theology 4. Theopoetics as the Insistence of a Radical Theology 5. Two Types of Continental Philosophy of Religion 6. Is There an Event in Hegel? Malabou, Plasticity, and "Perhaps" 7. Gigantomachean Ethics: iek, Milbank, and the Fear of One Small WordPart 3. Cosmopoetics: The Insistence of the World 8. The Insistence of the World: From Chiasm to Cosmos 9. As if I Were Dead: Radical Theology and the Real 10. Facts, Fictions, and Faith: What Is Really Real after All? 11. A Nihilism of Grace: Life, Death, and Resurrection 12. The Grace of the WorldNotesIndexshow more

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