What theopoetics offers us is another path, another tool to help us deepen our faith and challenge passivity and oppression, both on a path toward wholeness. And unlike the proof and comfort of assurance that the tools of religiosity can seem to provide, theopoetics replaces certainty with beauty and sureness with Art. It lets us open old drawers and crates, unpack grandmotherÂ’s theology, great grandfathersÂ’s books, and read them in the light, their dust swept aside by the movement of the breath: Spirit.
Theopoetics is a (re)emerging field of interdisciplinary study, combining elements of poetic analysis, process theology, narrative theology, and postmodern philosophy.
Theopoetics suggests that instead of trying to develop a Â“scientificÂ” theory of God such as would a traditional systematic theology, theologians should instead try to find God through poetry and fiction; or to interpret reality itself as symbolic of some greater or deeper truth.
Thus, the theopoet operates on a continuum: as a theologian working in a poetically interpretive way, and as a poet defining or demarcating the idea of God, maintaining beauty and the knowledge of languageÂ’s tenuous nature."
""The Flesh of God: A Metaphor in the Wild" Catherine Keller in Theology That Matters: Ecology, Economy, and God, Kathleen Ray Darby (ed.) Minneapolis: Fortress Press (August 2006) ISBN: 0800637941 pg 91 - 108"
""Theopoetics of the Possible" B. Keith Putt in After God: Richard Kearney and the Religious Turn in Continental Philosophy, John P. Manoussakis (ed.) New York: Fordham University Press. (2006) ISBN: 0823225321 pg 241-69"
""Words Beneath the Water: Logos, Cosmos and the Spirit of Place" Douglas Burton-Christie Chapter 3 in Christianity and Ecology. Dieter T. Hessel and Rosemary Reuther (eds). Cambridge: Harvard University Press. (2000) pg 317-336. ISBN: 0945454201"
"Â“Theopoetics: Longing and Liberation" Rubem Alves in Struggles for Solidarity: Liberation Theologies in Tension, Lorine M. Getz and Ruy O. Costa (eds.) Minneapolis: Fortress Press (1992) ISBN: 0800625285 pg 159-171"
"U.S. Hispanic Popular Catholicism as Theopoetics Roberto S. Goizueta In Hispanic/Latino Theology: Challenge and Promise, Ada MarĂa Isasi-DĂaz and Fernando Segovia (eds.) Minneapolis: Fortress Press. (1996) ISBN: 0800629212 pg. 261-288"
"Theopoetics -not reducing theology to imagery and fiction, but, in the ancient way, noticing that there are many levels at which theological statements can be read. And these various levels don't cancel each other out. --Thomas Moore from The Voice of the Eagle"