"Derrida and Theology" is an invaluable guide for those ready to ride the leading wave of contemporary theology. It gives theologians the confidence to explore the major elements of Derrida's work, and its influence on theology, without 'dumbing it down' or ignoring its controversial aspects. Jacques Derrida: a name to strike fear into the hearts of theologians. His thought has been hugely influential in shaping postmodern philosophy, and its impact has been felt across the humanities from literary studies to architecture. However, he has also been associated with the spectres of relativism and nihilism. Some have suggested he undermines any notion of objective truth and stable meaning.Fortunately, such premature judgements are gradually changing. Derrida is now increasingly seen as a major contributor to thinking about the complexity of truth, responsibility and witnessing. Theologians and biblical scholars are engaging as never before with Derrida's own deep-rooted reflections on religious themes. From the nature of faith to the name of God, from Messianism to mysticism, from forgiveness to the impossible, he has broken new ground in thinking about religion in our time.
His thought and writing style remain highly complex, however, and can be a forbidding prospect for the uninitiated.This book gives theologians the confidence to explore the major elements of Derrida's work, and its influence on theology, without 'dumbing it down' or ignoring its controversial aspects. It examines his philosophical approach, his specific work on religious themes, and the ways in which theologians have interpreted, adopted and disputed them. "Derrida and Theology" is an invaluable guide for those ready to ride the leading wave of contemporary theology. "The Philosophy and Theology" series looks at major philosophers and explores their relevance to theological thought as well as the response of theology.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 23 mm
'We are familiar with theological responses to Derrida that range from accusations of nihilism to uncritical mimicry. Rarely, however, has such a range of Derrida's writings been so judiciously sifted and evaluated with regard to their significance for theology. Students who have not yet read Derrida will find this a lucid and reliable introduction, whilst those who have already been drawn into the world of Derrida's writing will find much to help them go further. For this is not merely a step-by-step beginners' guide but the fruit of a long-standing and deeply pondered engagement with this most elusive of thinkers. It will be an important addition to any theological library.' - George Pattison, Christ Church, Oxford, UK.