Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity / Edition 3

Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity / Edition 3

by Jean-Luc Nancy, Gabriel Malenfant, Michael B. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823228363

ISBN-13: 9780823228362

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: Fordham University Press

This book is a profound and eagerly anticipated investigation into what is left of a monotheistic religious spirit-notably, a minimalist faith that is neither confessional nor credulous. Articulating this faith as works and as an objectless hope, Nancy deconstructs Christianity in search of the historical and reflective conditions that provided its initial energy.

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This book is a profound and eagerly anticipated investigation into what is left of a monotheistic religious spirit-notably, a minimalist faith that is neither confessional nor credulous. Articulating this faith as works and as an objectless hope, Nancy deconstructs Christianity in search of the historical and reflective conditions that provided its initial energy. Working through Blanchot and Nietzsche, re-reading Heidegger and Derrida, Nancy turns to the Epistle of Saint James rather than those of Saint Paul, discerning in it the primitive essence of Christianity as hope. The religion that provided the exit from religion,as he terms Christianity, consists in the announcement of an end. It is the announcement that counts, however, rather than any finality. In this announcement there is a proximity to others and to what was once called parousia. But parousia is no longer presence; it is no longer the return of the Messiah. Rather, it is what is near us and does not cease to open and to close, a presence deferred yet imminent.In a demystified age where we are left with a vision of a self-enclosed world-in which humans are no longer mortals facing an immortal being, but entities whose lives are accompanied by the time of their own decline-parousia stands as a question. Can we venture the risk of a decentered perspective, such that the meaning of the world can be found both inside and outside, within and without our so-immanent world? The deconstruction of Christianity that Nancy proposes is neither a game nor a strategy. It is an invitation to imagine a strange faith that enacts the inadequation of life to itself. Our lives overflow the self-contained boundaries of their biological and sociological interpretations. Out of this excess, wells up a fragile, overlooked meaning that is beyond both confessionalism and humanism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823228362
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series
Edition description:
3
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
899,355
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Translators' Foreword     ix
Opening     1
Atheism and Monotheism     14
A Deconstruction of Monotheism     29
The Judeo-Christian (on Faith)     42
A Faith That Is Nothing at All     61
An Experience at Heart     75
Verbum caro factum     81
The Name God in Blanchot     85
Blanchot's Resurrection     89
Consolation, Desolation     98
On a Divine Wink     104
An Exempting from Sense     121
"Prayer Demythified"     129
The Deconstruction of Christianity     139
Dis-Enclosure     158
Far from Substance: Whither and to What Point?   Gerard Granel     163
Notes     175

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