Hoping against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim

Hoping against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim

by John D. Caputo

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ISBN-13: 9781451499155
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 266,267
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Chapter 1 Nihilism and the Smile on the Face of Matter 1

Jackie and Me 1

The Inhuman 4

Does Religion Offer Any Hope? 10

A Past That Was Never Present 15

Itinerary 21

Chapter 2 A Taste for the Mystics 23

The Rose Is without Why 24

The Conditional and the Unconditional 31

Where the Believers Are 40

Chapter 3 How Not to Give a Gift 45

Giving without Return 47

A Hitherto Lost Scroll 53

Mercy without Mercenaries 56

Chapter 4 Goodbye Heaven: The Religion of Marguerite and the Big Church 63

The Big Church and the Little Church 65

Quiet without Quietism 72

Chapter 5 Hello, Jesus: The Religion of Martha and the Working Church 81

Hospitality 85

Welcoming Congregations 86

Inter-Faith Dialogue 91

Faith without Beliefs, Hope without Assurance 96

Chapter 6 Adieu to God: Praying God to Rid Us of God 103

The Evidence of the Rose 106

God Does Not Exist, God Insists 114

Giving God a Chance 123

Interlude: A Short Nocturnal Seminar 130

Chapter 7 Guarding the Way to the Tree of Life: From Angelology to Technology 135

The Technological Option and the Tree of Life 137

Angels, Smart Phones, and the Future 141

Border Breakdowns and the Advent of the Inhuman 145

Monsters 150

Nowhere to Run 153

Chapter 8 Do We All Die? Everyone? Life before Death 155

Life before Death: Eschatology in a New Key 157

In What Can We Hope ? 161

Chapter 9 A Short Catechism on the Nihilism of Grace 169

Chapter 10 Conclusion: Dreaming, Praying, Hoping, Smiling 183

Dreaming 184

Praying 190

Hoping 197

Smiling 199

The End 200

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