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The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion) Paperback – April 27, 2006
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"... The Weakness of God is a bold attempt to reconfigure the terms of debate around the topic of divine omnipotence. Caputo has a gift for explaining Continental philosophy's jargon succinctly and accurately, and despite technical and foreign terms, this book will engage upper-level undergraduates. Includes scriptural and general indexes.... Highly recommended." ―Choice
"Caputo comes out of the closet as a theologian in this work...." ―Catherine Keller, Drew University
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The Weakness of God takes up similar themes and ideas, but is much more narrow in its focus and in its appeal. Despite its claim that the kingdom of God welcomes outsiders and even drags people off the streets to the wedding banquet, there is definitely an insider flavor in this text written with an audience of fellow philosophers and social critics in mind. Readers who are not already members of the deconstructionist club will feel like the odd guest who cannot penetrate the private jokes and allusive references exchanged at the table. Some will even take offense at the quips and paradoxes that John Caputo offers, poking fun at the "long-robed ecclesiastical apparatchiks" or stating boldly that the first to enter the kingdom of God will be "gays and lesbians, illegal immigrants, unwed mothers, the HIV-positive, drug addicts, prisoners, and, after 9/11, Arabs." Clearly the book was not written to appeal to the Christian right.Read more ›
He brought wine, too.
Very worth a read.
P.S. To the reviewer John Brooks:
1. No. Philosophers don't need to "prove" a thesis. That isn't their job. That's what we have mathematicians and, loosely speaking, scientists for.
2. Respectfully, you might find the evidence you're looking for if you read beyond the introduction.
3. Caputo never states that strong theology is wrong. He just calls us to account for getting so seduced by strong theology that we've missed/haven't considered the tantalizing call of a weak theology. He doesn't say that God doesn't exist; he says that the question of whether God exists is irrelevant to weak theology, which is not about whether God is, but what God calls us for. For that reason, he defines the name of God not as the name of a Being but as a call for our response. It's a beautiful book, and if you realized that he hasn't dismissed your beliefs at all -- they just aren't relevant to what he's trying to share with you -- you might be less inclined to dismiss him out of hand based on his introduction, and hear him out.
4. The words/reality issue as you have laid it out isn't actually what differance means.Read more ›
If you are interested in philosophy/theology of weakness, I would recommend Benjamin & Adorno, or Metz and Moltmann, over Caputo.
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Very important approach to basic Christian theological questions!Published 18 months ago by Andras Mate-Toth
This book is likely to experience harsh critiques by a number of people. However, it is definitely a very interested read, and Caputo's thoughts are sure to make people think about... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Aaron
It is essential to me to keep abreast of recent Protestant theology. This book is a must in the field.Published on December 1, 2013 by Oyvind T. Gulliksen
The author was recently interviewed on Ideas, a radio show of the CBC.
He mentioned "hermetic" reading of the bible and I would think he'd know he'd recreated the way... Read more
I recently read the very lengthy Introduction to religious-philosophy teacher John Caputo's The Weakness of God. Read morePublished on May 5, 2008 by John Brooks