The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology


This Companion provides a definitive collection of essays on postmodern theology, drawing on the work of those individuals who have made a distinctive contribution to the field, and whose work will be significant for the theologies written in the new millennium.

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This Companion provides a definitive collection of essays on postmodern theology, drawing on the work of those individuals who have made a distinctive contribution to the field, and whose work will be significant for the theologies written in the new millennium.

  • The definitive collection of essays on postmodern theology, drawing on the work of those individuals who have made a distinctive contribution to the field.
  • Each essay is introduced with a short account of the writer's previous work, enabling the reader to view it in context.
  • Discusses the following desciplines: Aesthetics, Ethics, Gender, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Heideggerians, and Derrideans.
  • Edited by Graham Ward, one of the most outstanding and original theologians working in the field today.
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"If you think you know what postmodern theology is, or think youdon't know, either way these remarkable essays will change yourmind: written by Jews, Christians and atheists; indebted to Plato,the Bible and Augustine; haunted by Heidegger, Levinas, Foucaultand Derrida; dealing with jazz, the Shoah, the ecological crisis,the American prison system and many other topics; some long andpatient, others short and cryptic, all asking to be read more thanonce. You may still not know at the end but you will certainly haveseen the variety and vitality of what theologians are doing, inthese postmodern times, and the zest with which they do it."Fergus Kerr, Blackfriars

"Connecting theology to a variety of disciplines andintellectual traditions, this companion provides an exciting sampleof the current work of postmodern theologians. Many of the essaysare ground-breaking, as the fields of theology and religiousthought move forward into the next century. The polyphony of thevolume provides surprising moments of harmony (and discord). Thisis a valuable sequel to Ward's THEPOSTMODERN GOD, and will beuseful in the classroom." Robert Gibbs, University ofToronto

"The essays provide a lofty introduction to contemporarytheology. The introductory essay by Ward is as good as it gets onthis topic." Choice

"Among the delights of this collection are the essays that dareto reconsider some of the 'bad guys' in the official postmodernstory: thus Catherine Pickstock endeavours to rescue Plato from hisNietzschean decriers, by re-reading the Republic through theLaws to offer an account of Plato's politics as liturgicalrather than totalitarian; while Jean-Luc Marion even seeks to learnfrom the much-despised Descartes." Literature &Theology

"a...useful and exciting volume, bringing together the work ofreligious scholars and theologians across a wide spectrum, creatingspace for their current work independently from a given theme,showing them sometimes in agreement, sometimes in heated argumentwith each other." Anglican Theological Review

"A book good libraries should have." TheologicalStudies

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Meet the Author

The Revd Dr Graham Ward is Professor of Contextual Theology in the department for Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester and one of the Directors of the Centre for Religion and Political Culture based there. His books available from Blackwell include The Postmodern God (1997), The Certeau Reader (1999), True Religion (2002), and Christ and Culture (forthcoming).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

Introduction: "Where We Stand".

Part I: Aesthetics:.

1. Postmodern Theology as Cultural Analysis: Mieke Bal.

2. The Man Who Fell to Earth: Gerard Loughlin (University ofNewcastle upon Tyne).

3. Communion and Conversation: Regina Schwartz (NorthwesternUniversity).

4. The Ends of Man and the Future of God: Janet Martin Soskice(University of Cambridge).

5. "Lush Life": Foucault's Analytics of Power and a JazzAesthetic: Sharon D. Welch (University of Missouri).

Part II: Ethics:.

6. The Midwinter Sacrifice: John Milbank (University ofVirginia).

7. Postmodernity and Religious Plurality: Is a Common GlobalEthic Possible or Desirable?: Gavin D'Costa (University ofBristol).

8. The Christian Difference, or Surviving Postmodernism: StanleyHauerwas (Duke University).

9. Justice and Prudence: Principles of Order in the PlatonicCity: Catherine Pickstock (University of Cambridge).

10. Visiting Prisoners: William C. Placher (Wabash College,India).

11. Suffering and Incarnation: Graham Ward (University ofManchester).

12. Earth God: Cultivating the Spirit in an Ecocidal Culture:Mark I. Wallace (Swarthmore College).

Part III: Gender:.

13. An Ethics of Memory: Promising, Forgiving, Yearning: PamelaSue Anderson (Regent's Park College, Oxford).

14. Is Macrina a Woman? Gregory of Nyssa's Dialogue on theSoul and Resurrection: Virginia Burrus (Drew University).

15. "They Will Know We are Christians by Our RegulatedImprovisation": Ecclesial Hybridity and the Unity of the Church:Mary McClintock Fulkerson (Duke University).

16. On Changing the Imaginary: Grace M. Jantzen (University ofManchester).

17. Companionable Wisdoms: What Insights Might FeministTheorists Gather from Feminist Theologians?: Serene Jones (YaleDivinity School).

Part IV: Hermeneutics:.

18. Shattering the Logos: Hermeneutics Between a Hammer and aHard Place: Daniel Boyarin (University of California atBerkeley).

19. The Renewal of Jewish Theology Today: Under the Sign ofThree: Peter Ochs (University of Virginia).

20. Intending Transcendence: Desiring God: Edith Wyschogrod(Rice University).

Part V: Phenomenology:.

21. Transfiguring God: Richard Kearney (University College).

22. Presence and Parousia: Jean-Yves Lacoste.

23. The Formal Reason for the Infinite: Jean-Luc Marion(University of Paris, Sorbonne).

24. Religions as Conventions: Joseph S. O'Leary (SophiaUniversity, Japan).

Part VI: Heideggerians:.

25. The Self-Saving of God: Thomas J. J. Altizer (StateUniversity of New York).

26. The Subject of Prayer: Unwilling Words in the PostmodernAccess to God: Laurence PaulHemming (University of London).

27. The Christian Message and the Dissolution of Metaphysics:Gianni Vattimo (University of Turin).

Part VII: Derrideans:.

28. The Poetics of the Impossible and the Kingdom of God: JohnD. Caputo (Villanova University).

29. Anti-Discrimination: Don Cupitt (Emmanuel College,Cambridge).

30. Is There a Postmodern Gospel?: Walter Lowe (EmoryUniversity).

31. Indian Territory: Postmodernism Under the Sign of the Body:Carl Raschke (University of Denver).


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