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Preaching After God: Derrida, Caputo, and the Language of Postmodern Homiletics [Kindle Edition]

Phil Snider
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"In this grand-scale book, Snider takes on the enormous task of rethinking homiletics in light of postmodern thought, and comes up with a fresh and wonderful preacher-sized proposal for speaking of God in times like ours. His refreshing honesty and engaging style will kindle new hope in those who secretly fear that preaching may be impossible in progressive circles. His energy and delight in asking the big questions will inspire others to do the same. A lively conversation-starter of a book."
- Anna Carter Florence, author of Preaching as Testimony and Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary

"There is a growing industry of Christians attempting to domesticate the work of radical thinkers to fit them into an already existing theological system. Provocative writers are thus tied to a Procrustean bed by religionists seeking to make them fit within an already established religious dogma. Not so with Snider. Here he reads these vital thinkers seriously and subtly, pouring their new wine into the old wineskins. Why? So as to crack open the actually existing church and help prepare the way for a new reformation."
- Peter Rollins, author of Insurrection

"In Preaching After God Phil Snider adroitly shows that postmodern theology will preach! He mounts an impressive argument that a 'homiletic of the event' is the best way to reach a world that has had enough of a supernaturalism that nullifies human agency, without sinking into an anthropologism where human subjects are the only game in town. He has an ear for postmodern theory and the gift of telling us what preaching needs to be. A must read for theologians and preachers alike."
- John D. Caputo, author of What Would Jesus Deconstruct? and Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University & David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University

"With a scholar's reach and a pastor's wisdom, Phil Snider courageously explores the postmodern crisis in religion and, thus, in preaching. He invigorates preaching once again by proposing a dangerous homiletical wager, that preachers risk everything, not on the power of their dogma but instead on the advent of the in-coming God. A most provocative book!"
- Thomas G. Long, author of Preaching from Memory to Hope and Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University

"There has been a lot of talk about preaching over the past number of years--debates about its viability and vitality ... But in the midst of all that talk, very little has been said about content. It was assumed that we all knew 'what the message' was, that it was simply a matter of finding the right container. Phil Snider ups the conversation by inviting us to consider the content of the influential and culture-shaping world of continental philosophy and offers us ways to incorporate it into our communicating. Phil doesn't want us to domesticate these ideas, he wants us to use them to inform and frame a new way of preaching, but beyond that, a new way of thinking about life, God, church and everything in between."
- Barry Taylor, Fuller Theological Seminary

Preaching After God introduces readers to the positive theological themes stirring in the work of influential philosophers like Jacques Derrida, John Caputo, Peter Rollins, and Slavoj Žižek. Phil Snider shows how engaging their thought provides possibilities for preaching that highly resonate with postmodern listeners, especially those who don't wish to see Christianity reduced to little more than superstition and magic. Six lectionary-based sermons are included as examples. 


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Preaching After God introduces readers to the positive theological themes stirring in the work of influential philosophers like Jacques Derrida, John Caputo, Peter Rollins, and Slavoj Žižek. Phil Snider shows how engaging their thought provides possibilities for preaching that highly resonate with postmodern listeners, especially those who don't wish to see Christianity reduced to little more than superstition and magic. Six lectionary-based sermons are included as examples.

About the Author

Phil Snider is a community organizer, pastor, and award-winning author whose writing explores the relationship between postmodernism and lived religious practice. His books include Toward a Hopeful Future (winner of the 2011 Mayflower Award for Best Book in Church and Society), The Hyphenateds: How Emergence Christianity is Re-Traditioning Mainline Practices, and Preaching After God: Derrida, Caputo, and the Language of Postmodern Homiletics. Phil did his undergraduate work at Missouri State University (Springfield, MO), then earned his masters degree at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK) and doctorate at Chicago Theological Seminary (at the University of Chicago). His vocational heart is with the friends and participants of Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield, MO, with whom he has worked closely since 2003.

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  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Cascade Books, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers (August 1, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VFDV48
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3.0 out of 5 stars study of postmodern theology May 18, 2014
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Having read a number of books on reaching postmoderns, I found this more academic. This book gives some of the theological & philosophical background that helped initiate much postmodern thought. There are also sample sermons with the postmodern listener in mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addresses a Key Challenge December 18, 2013
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How does one effectively preach among folk with a wide variety of theological perspectives while new questions and possibilities probe the preacher's own dynamic theology? How does a preacher in the 21st century serve and lead the comfortably certain and the skeptical seeker in the same sermon?

Phil Snider is a pastor who preaches regularly. He provides a credible and helpful resource for those who craft sermons while serving congregations that are finding their way in the chaotic and ever changing religious landscape. Newcomers to post-modern thought will be introduced to Derrida, Caputo and others whose writings are taken seriously within and beyond academia - including a growing number of younger religious adults.

The author, who believes that preaching can be as transformative as any other media, acknowledges that, "Perhaps the greatest challenge of preaching in a post-Enlightenment context is figuring out how to convey the deeply religious longing stirring in the postmodern return to religion - the desire for the event harborded in the name of God - with religious images and words that carry so much baggage for so many people." (p.139). Mining some of the best work published in the field of homiletics, Snider provides helpful insights about why and how preaching adapts to help hearers to participate more actively in what many believe is the next wave of reformation in the Church.

Preaching After God needs to be in the hands of every serious preacher and seminary student.
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Phil Snider is a community organizer, pastor, and award-winning author whose writing explores the relationship between postmodernism and lived religious practice. His books include Toward a Hopeful Future (winner of the 2011 Mayflower Award for Best Book in Church and Society), The Hyphenateds: How Emergence Christianity is Re-Traditioning Mainline Practices, and Preaching After God: Derrida, Caputo, and the Language of Postmodern Homiletics. Phil did his undergraduate work at Missouri State University (Springfield, MO), then earned his masters degree at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK) and doctorate at Chicago Theological Seminary (at the University of Chicago). His vocational heart is with the friends and participants of Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield, MO, with whom he has worked closely since 2003.

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