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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800662768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800662769
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last: deeply Christian theology that is genuinely credible, relevant, important, and also accessible. Catherine Keller's new work is for students and lay people and for that vast company of people who have given up on the church but still care!" --John B. Cobb Jr., Claremont School of Theology

"Creative, witty, and wise, this book traces an adventure of the spirit for thinking folk, one that doesn't duck difficult questions but finds new ways through them. Readers will end up with life-nourishing insights." --Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S. J., Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University

About the Author

Catherine Keller is Professor of Constructive Theology at the Theological School and Graduate School, Drew University. Her works include Apocalypse Now and Then: A Feminist Guide to the End of the World (1996, 978-0-8006-3736-1), and God and Power: Counter-Apocalyptic Journeys (2005, 978-0-8006-3727-9).

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The reflective question section at the end of the text is most useful to aid in processing her work.
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I highly recommend this book to those interested in theology and have given it was a gift several times.
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Catherine Keller has written a book free of the theological jargon that usually accompanies such work.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Phillips on December 28, 2007
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On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process This delightful book is real theology, which means that Dr. Keller grapples with the major issues of the discipline. But her writing makes it possible for any reasonably intelligent person to follow the arguments and relate to the humanity of the author. Browsing one or two "regular" theology texts will confirm that this one is truly rare in that respect!

In the course of seven "signs," Dr. Keller introduces us to Process Theology, finding meaning in the middle between the "absolute" of literalist belief and the "dissolute" opposite extreme, which holds that nothing is for sure. The synthesis of this dialectic is the "resolute" approach to truth, which requires the engagement of the whole person with the struggle to express timeless truth in a specific time, place and life.

This is the book for those who have given up on religion and need a new path to a working truth we can all live by.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Low on July 30, 2008
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I recently finished Catherine Keller's "On the Mystery" and I was quite surprised. Surprised by the very scriptural nature of the book (with excellent and insightful exegesis), and surprised by how much I found myself in agreement with her. It is a well structured and easy to follow introduction to process theology. The reflective question section at the end of the text is most useful to aid in processing her work. Thanks to this book I now have a more clear understanding of what process theology is all about. Overall I found "On the Mystery" to be like a canapes, a delicious morsel that leaves the palette of the imagination craving for more.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hector Lasala on May 24, 2008
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in this our now of
battered hearts,
asthmatic 'spirit',
offended bodies,
starved minds:
catherine's gift
gifted to those who yearn
for truth-possibility
that 'dances like a flame' (-ck).

each page kaleidoscopic:
present-light of truth
swirling and swerving
luring us on and on

....

apologia:

i am not a poet but catherine's
poetical prose compelled me
to speak in a foreign tongue.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H.E. Pennypacker on December 4, 2007
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I feel very privileged in giving the first review of Catherine Keller's new book because this is certainly theology at its finest! (In case you are a bit confused, I deleted my initial review and reinserted here...) This has been a pure joy to read.

This is a theology that is accessible enough to the student and the educated "layperson" but sophisticated enough for the pastor or budding theologian. Some of CK's works are densely written and tough going but this is one that is overall, far less daunting. That is not to say the reading is always easy going and immediately comprehended. The reader will need to pay close attention to CK's flow of thought, word play and nuance to get the most out of it. But one will certainly be rewarded for the efforts of sustained reading.

As an introduction to process theology, this steps to the head of the class. The two standards "Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition" by John B. Cobb Jr. and David Ray Griffin; and "Process Theology: A Basic Introduction" by C. Robert Mesle all do a fine job in a nuts and bolts fashion but can't hold a candle to CK's elegance of writing and overall stimulation. But this goes way past a standard intro to process theology and really is a highly original contribution to theology in and of itself.

Much of written theology is highly analytical, abstracted and just plain dry. CK is almost lyrical, weaving metaphor, word play and theological insight into a spun silken web that interconnects the strands of her thought into an organic whole. One may not so much learn the propositional tenets of process thought but most certainly be taken into the heart and vision of this brilliant relational theology.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brad on March 9, 2009
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To hell with dogmatic theology. It might be interesting historically, but it's not interesting personally. This is where Catherine Keller comes in.

She writes creatively, intensely, intentionally, and intelligently. Reading her theology is like reading a fine novel. She wants you to explore your whole life, not just your detached idea of God. Finally, we have theology that challenges academics just as much as it does laypersons.

Keller isn't reviewing old doctrines (though they all get creatively covered), and neither do I consider this "Process Theology 101". Keller certainly stands strong in the process tradition, but this is no boring overview. "On The Mystery" is not a book to simply give you information. It wants to open your mind and heart to new realities.

So, you should get it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rita on September 19, 2008
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Catherine Keller has long been one of the most brilliant and complex theologians of the current generation of post-modern thinkers. This book offers some of her best insights and guidance for anyone interested in learning to think theologically.

A great guide to what it means to speak of God with love and care and profound attention to and appreciation for life. Written with grace, it offers confidence in the journey for those who prefer open-ended understandings to constricting--and self-deluding---certainties. It opens us to the divine mystery as a great and wonderful adventure.
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