Non-Metaphysical Theology After Heidegger

Non-Metaphysical Theology After Heidegger

by Peter S. Dillard

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Using Martin Heidegger’s later philosophy as his springboard, Peter S. Dillard provides a radical reorientation of contemporary Christian theology. From Heidegger’s initially obscure texts concerning the holy, the gods, and the last god, Dillard extracts two possible non-metaphysical theologies: a theology of Streit and a theology of Gelassenheit. Both theologies promise to avoid metaphysical antinomies that traditionally hinder theology. After describing the strengths and weaknesses of each non-metaphysical theology, Dillard develops a Gelassenheit theology that ascribes a definite phenomenology to the human encounter with divinity. This Gelassenheit theology also explains how this divinity can guide human action in concrete situations, remain deeply consonant with Christian beliefs in the Incarnation and the Trinity, and shed light on the Eucharist and Religious Vocations. Seminal ideas from Rudolf Otto and Ludwig Wittgenstein are applied at key points. Dillard concludes by encouraging others to develop an opposing Streit theology within the non-metaphysical, Heidegerrian framework he presents.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349954384
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 05/30/2018
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 185
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter S. Dillard is the author of Heidegger and Philosophical Atheology: A Neo-Scholastic Critique (2008), A Way into Scholasticism: A Companion to St. Bonaventure’s The Soul’s Journey into God (2011), Foundation and Restoration in Hugh of St. Victor’s De Sacramentis (2014), and numerous scholarly articles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Has Jerusalem to Do with Totdnauber?
1. Is There Any Such Thing as What Heidegger Calls Thinking?
2. From Proto-Theology to Phenomenology
3. Deconstructive Scriptural Meaning
4. A Pair of Ledgers
5. A Word from Marburg
6. Objectivity without Objects
7. From Phenomenology to Agency
8. Why Only a God Can Save Us: Atonement
9. The Thickness of Things and the Godding of Gods: Eucharist, Discipleship, and Trinity
Conclusion: Yes and No

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