Jean-Luc Nancy and Christian Thought explores Nancy's deconstruction of Christianity via the various bodies of Christ that accumulate in Christian doctrine, specifically the incarnated body, the resurrected body, and the body of Christ the church. The work ties Nancy's deconstruction to the writings of the early church, demonstrating that the seeds of auto-deconstruction are indeed sown in the doctrines of Western Christianity. It then provides brief sketches of current theological works that touch upon similar deconstructive themes. Thus, the work aims to flesh out Nancy's deconstruction for the non-theologian, tying his complex scans of Christian thought to early patristics, and also aims to help theologians unfamiliar with deconstruction or with Nancy's work recognize the value of the deconstructive method for unpacking Christian doctrine and practice. This book will be of interest to philosophers of religion, hermeneutics, and post-Frankfort School critical theory, and theologians interested in current French philosophy of religion.
Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 126
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Smerick (philosophy, Greenville Univ.) examines the deconstruction work of Jean-Luc Nancy-his deconstructions of what is called the bodies of Christ: the incarnated body (i.e., the doctrine of the Incarnation), the resurrected body (i.e., the Resurrection), and the mystical body of the Church (in which she includes Nancy's discussions of the Eucharist, prayer, and faith). As Smerick writes in the introductory matter, "The trajectory of this book is to orient Nancy's interpretations of the body of Christ in the Incarnation, the Resurrection, and the practices of the Church to the dogmas from which they arise and in which they have their complex articulations." Smerick attempts to tie Nancy's deconstruction of Christianity to the teaching of the early Church fathers. She writes that "just as Nancy himself uses Christian doctrines in order to trace a deconstruction where Christianity undoes itself, [she uses] Nancy's account of said doctrines not to work against deconstruction or to work against Nancy, but rather to play out or trace back the origins of these ideas, such that perhaps Christianity can indeed complete the work it begins in its deconstructive tendencies." Smerick's book is very specialized and esoteric; its audience will be a select group of readers interested specifically in Nancy's deconstruction of Christianity.
Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. * CHOICE *