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This provocative addition to The Church and Postmodern Culture series offers a lively rereading of Charles Sheldon's In His Steps as a constructive way forward. John D. Caputo introduces the notion of why the church needs deconstruction, positively defines deconstruction's role in renewal, deconstructs idols of the church, and imagines the future of the church in addressing the practical implications of this for the church's life through liturgy, worship, preaching, and teaching. Students of philosophy, theology, religion, and ministry, as well as others interested in engaging postmodernism and the emerging church phenomenon, will welcome this provocative, non-technical work.
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About the Author
John D. Caputo (PhD, Bryn Mawr College) is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and professor of philosophy at Syracuse University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Weakness of God (winner of the 2007 AAR Award for Excellence in Constructive-Reflective Study of Religion), On Religion, The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida, and Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida.
Table of Contents1. In His Steps-A Postmodern Edition
2. Spiritual Journeys, Postmodern Paths
3. A Prayer for the Impossible: A Catechumen's Guide to Deconstruction
4. Jesus, the Theo-Poetics of the Kingdom, and Praxis
5. What Would Jesus Deconstruct? Or, Whatever Happened to the Sermon on the Mount?
6. The Working Church: Notes on the Future