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.
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.