Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent

Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent

by John Reader

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This book argues that identified weaknesses in recent theological engagement with New Materialism can be successfully addressed by incorporating insights from Relational Christian Realism. Central themes are those of the relational and the apophatic as they represent different but essential strands of a materialist theology. The relational refers to the work of Deleuze and its influence upon key New Materialist thinkers such as De Landa, Bryant, and Braidotti but supplemented from Relational Christian Realism by Latour and Badiou and with reference to the concept of the apophatic as found in Keller and Kearney. Examining the concepts of transcendence, human agency, and a New Enlightenment, the book moves into more practical areas of aesthetics and technology concluding with a response to the contemporary apocalyptic of climate change. Being “beyond in the midst” requires developing spaces of faithful dissent and holding the tension between the relational and the apophatic in theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319854113
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Series: Radical Theologies and Philosophies
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Reader is an Associate Research Fellow with the William Temple Foundation, University of Chester, UK, and Honorary Senior Lecturer with the University of Worcester, UK.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to New Materialism and Relational Christian Realism

Chapter 2. Redefining Transcendence

Chapter 3. Human Agency.

Chapter 4. A New Enlightenment.

Chapter 5. Aesthetics after the Death of God.

Chapter 6. Technology as Pharmakon.

Chapter 7. Beyond in the Midst: Alternative Practices of Faith.

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