Hemming here provides an account of the relationship between theology and post-modernity. It will be of use for academics, postgraduate and advanced undergraduates across a range of subject areas: philosophy, literature, cultural studies, language, as well as theology and religious...
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Hemming here provides an account of the relationship between theology and post-modernity. It will be of use for academics, postgraduate and advanced undergraduates across a range of subject areas: philosophy, literature, cultural studies, language, as well as theology and religious studies.
Postmodernity's Transcending: Devaluing God in one way undertakes a history of the concept of the aesthetic sublime; in another it is an exploration of the limits of theological thinking, where theology is understood either as a practice arising from faith or from thinking. By examining concepts like soul, experience, analogy and truth, the author issues a provocative challenge to much contemporary Christian theology to return to a more serious engagement with philosophy. Hemming explores the confrontation with God and the gods to be found in Protagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida, often offering innovative readings of these thinkers sharply at odds with accounts to be found elsewhere.
Devaluing God is concerned with the relationship between theology and post-modernity. To date there are three main areas of literature that discuss this relationship: British, French and American. The British, Radical Orthodoxy group which sees the secular world as a "failed theology", the complex American responses varying from the liberal acceptance of post-modernity to the reformed thinkers who feel it should be held at bay and the French, more philosophical response to dealing with post-modernity are all considered in this text. In Devaluing God, Hemming has created a way for all theologians interested in this discussion to access the sources of post-modernity, and also access a demonstration of how post-modernity can be understood as a phenomenon of thinking. The author demonstrates his belief that post-modernity is forcing a rethinking of everything, and that at the bottom of this re-thinking, as a new way of understanding the world emerges, there is an understanding of God. He avoids showing how God becomes yet another theme in the intellectual buffet that post-modernity often appears to be; rather he argues that understanding what kinds of meanings the term "God" is acquiring in post-modernity, and who God is for post-modernity, is fundamental in gaining access to this phenomenon of thinking at all. The chapters unfold this understanding by showing how there is an understanding of God and the self throughout history, in the ways in which the Ancient and the Mediaeval cosmos, the post-Enlightenment universe and the now post-modern world provide for thinking.
Laurence Paul Hemming (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Lancaster University, UK. He is the author of Heidegger's Atheism: The Refusal of a Theological Voice (Notre Dame University Press); Postmodernity's Transcending: Devaluing God (Notre Dame University Press and SCM Press); Heidegger and Theology (T&T Clark) and Worship as a Revelation: The Past Present and Future of Catholic Liturgy.
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