- Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 25, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521793955
- ISBN-13: 978-0521793957
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is essential reading for those interested in philosophy, theology, and religious and cultural studies. This is an ideal introduction to the key issues for theology in its encounter with post-modernity." Catholic Library World
"This much-needed volume is a valuable guide through the often-murky waters of postmodern theology." Calvin Theological Journal, Jerry Stutzman
"this is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the relationship between Christian theology and what, in his introduction, Vanhoozer helpfully calls the 'postmodern condition'" - Philip D. Kenneson, Milligan College
Theolo gians have responded in many different ways to the challenges posed by theories of postmodernity. In this introductory guide to a complex area, editor Kevin J. Vanhoozer addresses the issue head on in a lively survey of what 'talk about God' might mean in a postmodern age. The book then offers examples of different types of contemporary theology in relation to postmodernity, and examines the key Christian doctrines in postmodern perspective. Leading theologians contribute to this clear and informative Companion, which no student of theology should be without.
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There are a many great things to learn from the essays, even if only to understand the trends and the historical development of the current state fo theology. Most are very accessible and clear, though the essays on Deconstructive Theology and on Postmetaphysical Theology get technical at times.
One disappointment with the book, is that the essays dealing with 'God and World' and 'Reconstructive Theology' - the only two dealing constructively with metaphysics - are written from a process theology perspective. This may be appropriate from an editorial/historical stand-point as Process thought is a unique and original development (maybe the most unique and original) in the last century of theology, but it is not the only metaphysical theory available and it is arguable if it even qualifies as postmodern in form.
it is a great collection of essays, and the two on Process thought are also good despite my critique. The contributors are high-caliber theologians, the topics covered are diverse and essential. Each essay also has a section with suggestions for further reading, making a very good resource into a great and perhaps invaluable one for the studying theologian in the 21st Century.
Here are some quotations from the book:
"For to be postmodern is to signal one's dissatisfaction with at least some aspect of modernity. It is to harbor a revolutionary impulse: the impulse to do things differently." (Pg. xiii)
"The postmodern condition thus pertains to one's awareness of the deconstructability of all systems of meaning and truth." (Pg. 13)
"(T)he postmodern condition is essentially, that is, structurally, messianic: constitutionally open to the coming of the other and the different. FAITH, not reason---faith in a religionless (viz., messianic) religion---is thus endemic to the postmodern condition." (Pg. 18)
"At the heart of this theology is its naturalistic theism. This theism is naturalistic not in the sense of equating God with the world, or otherwise denying distinct agency to God, but simply in the sense of rejecting supernaturalism, understood as belief in a divine being that can interrupt the world's normal causal principles." (Pg. 103)
"Postmodernity is not what comes after the new; it is the 'dissolution of the category of the new.'" (Pg. 127)
"What is radical orthodoxy? ... It is a Christian metaphysic that does not begin with transcendentalist assumptions that predicate knowledge of God upon a secure knowledge of ourselves. Instead it assumes that participation in the church makes possible a theological knowledge that must then mediate all other forms of knowledge. But this mediation must take place within the terms in which it has been received---as gift." (Pg. 144)
"Indeed, seen in this light, sola scriptura sounds positively postmodern to the extent that it questions whether any single human point of view captures universal truth." (Pg. 167)
"Yet postmodernism has rather famously tended to drift toward highly theoretical and abstract accounts of its subject matter; and these accounts are sometimes woven together into precisely the sort of 'metanarrative' that it had so heavily criticized." (Pg. 199)