The Rebellious No: Variations on a Secular Theology of Language - Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (Hardback)Noelle Vahanian (author)
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This book aims to renew theological thinking by extending and radicalizing an iconoclastic and existentialist mode of thought. It proposes a theology whose point of departure assumes and accepts the critiques of religion launched by Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, and Feuerbach but nevertheless takes theological desire seriously as a rebellious force working within, but against, an anthropomorphic, phallogocentric worldview.
As a theology of language, it does not claim any privileged access to some transcendent divine essence or ground of Being. On the contrary, for Noelle Vahanian theology is a strictly secular discourse, like any other discourse, but aware of its limitations and wary of great promises-its own included. Its faith is that this secular theological desire can be a force against the constitutive indifference of thought, and it is a meditative act of rebellion. Aphoristic instead of argumentative, this book offers an original and constructive engagement with such seminal issues as indifference, belief, madness, and love.
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"Noelle Vahanian's writing style is pithy, playful, allusive, and often entertaining." -- -James H. Olthuis * Institute for Christian Studies *
God and Being are both words without referents. What is, then, the difference between them ? God is only a version of Being (Heidegger). God is "otherwise than Being" (Levinas). God survives the death of its Being (Vahanian).
Such is the profound paradox of "secular theology". A fascinating achievement.
"The sincerity within Vahanian's style speaks as clearly to the reader as does the style of her meditations on the difficulties of sincerity." -- -Joshua Ramey * Haverford College *