The Weakness of God

The Weakness of God : A Theology of the Event

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Applying an ever more radical hermeneutics (including Husserlian and Heideggerian phenomenology, Derridian deconstruction, and feminism), John D. Caputo breaks down the name of God in this irrepressible book. Instead of looking at God as merely a name, Caputo views it as an event, or what the name conjures or promises in the future. For Caputo, the event exposes God as weak, unstable, and barely functional. While this view of God flies in the face of most religions and philosophies, it also puts up a serious challenge to fundamental tenets of theology and ontology. Along the way, Caputo's readings of the New Testament, especially of Paul's view of the Kingdom of God, help to support the "weak force" theory. This penetrating work cuts to the core of issues and questions-What is the nature of God? What is the nature of being? What is the relationship between God and being? What is the meaning of forgiveness, faith, piety, or transcendence?-that define the terrain of contemporary philosophy of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 index
  • 0253218284
  • 9780253218285
  • 229,755

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"Caputo comes out of the closet as a theologian in this work...." -Catherine Keller, Drew University "... The Weakness of God is a bold attempt to reconfigure the terms of debate around the topic of divine omnipotence. Caputo has a gift for explaining Continental philosophy's jargon succinctly and accurately, and despite technical and foreign terms, this book will engage upper-level undergraduates. Includes scriptural and general indexes.... Highly recommended." -Choiceshow more

About John D. Caputo

John D. Caputo is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. He is author of More Radical Hermeneutics (IUP, 2000) and The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida (IUP, 1997).show more

Table of contents

ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: A Theology of the EventPart One. The Weakness of God1. God without Sovereignty2. St. Paul on the Logos of the Cross3. The Beautiful Risk of Creation: On Genesis ad literam (Almost)4. Omnipotence, Unconditionality, and the Weak Force of GodHermeneutical Interlude: Two Keys to the Kingdom5. The Poetics of the Impossible6. Hyper-Realism and the Hermeneutics of the CallPart Two. The Kingdom of God: Sketches of a Sacred Anarchy7. Metanoetics: The Seventh Day, or Making All Things New8. Quotidianism: Everyday, or Keeping Time Holy9. Back to the Future: Peter Damian on the Remission of Sin and Changing the Past10. Forgiven Time: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector11. "Lazarus, Come Out": Rebirth and Resurrection12. The Event of Hospitality: On Being Inside/Outside the Kingdom of GodAppendix to Part Two: Newly Discovered Fragments on the Kingdom of God from "The Gospel of Miriam"A Concluding PrayerNotesIndexshow more

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