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By Richard Kearney, Jens Zimmermann (eds.)

ISBN-10: 0231161026

ISBN-13: 9780231161022

Richard Kearney Debates God with James wooden, Catherine Keller, Charles Taylor, Julia Kristeva, Gianni Vattimo, Simon Critchley, Jean-Luc Marion, John Caputo, David Tracey, Jens Zimmermann, and Merold Westphal

Contemporary conversations approximately faith and tradition are framed through reductive definitions of secularity. in a single, a number of faiths and nonfaiths coexist loose from a dominant trust in God. within the different, we deny the sacred altogether and exclude faith from rational idea and behaviour. yet is there a 3rd approach in the event you desire to rediscover the sacred in a skeptical society? what sort of religion, if any, might be proclaimed after the ravages of the Holocaust and the various religion-based terrors since?

Richard Kearney explores those questions with a number of philosophers identified for his or her inclusive, forward-thinking paintings at the intersection of secularism, politics, and faith. An interreligious discussion that refuses to paper over spiritual distinction, those conversations find the sacred inside secular society and verify a good function for faith in human mirrored image and motion. Drawing on his personal philosophical formulations, literary research, and private interreligious stories, Kearney develops via those engagements a easy gesture of hospitality for forthcoming the query of God. His paintings enables a clean stumble upon with our best-known voices in continental philosophy and their perspectives on problems with value to all spiritually minded members and skeptics: the right way to reconcile God's goodness with human evil, the best way to think in either God and normal technological know-how, the way to discuss God with out indulging in fundamentalist rhetoric, and the way to stability God's sovereignty with God's love.

Richard Kearney holds the Charles H. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston collage. he's the writer of greater than twenty books, together with Strangers, Gods, and Monsters, The God Who could be, and Anatheism: Returning to God After God.
Jens Zimmermann holds the Canada study Chair for Interpretation, faith, and tradition at Trinity Western college. He has released broadly on philosophy, theology, and literary concept. he's the writer of Humanism and faith: a decision for the Renewal of Western tradition and Hermeneutics: a truly brief creation.

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It is the oldest and newest story in the book, as Freud reminds us in the last paragraph of Civilization and Its Discontents, when he describes what’s happening in Nazi Germany as a global battle between the ancient giants of Eros and Thanatos. But it doesn’t have to be a struggle between uppercase Giants. The promise of what Freud called Eros—the drive for love of life—is, for me, the messianic promise of saving the little things and little people (and we are all little, deep inside, which is our true greatness), as in healing reparation, caring for the wounded, and making broken things whole again.

I was horrified at the betrayal of Christianity by the official churches and wanted to reject it outright. And yet I didn’t want to throw everything out. I felt that, deep down, there was something irreducibly sacred and precious still there, something that might arise from the ashes after the collapse of the churches—one of my favorite Nietzsche quotes was, “When something is leaning, give it a push”—that it might still be possible to recover something from the ruins, some kind of god after God.

Not a deity of pompous piety and sanctimony. Holy people laugh. Unholy people complain, distrust, resent, fear. And I am not saying—God forbid—that atheists are unholy. The sacred is bigger than atheism or theism. That is why it belongs to anatheism. What all these stories—great and small, biblical and literary, canonical and confessional, extraordinary and ordinary—illustrate is, I hope, a sense that there is more in the less. There is creation and redemption in a piece of bread. This I call the sacramental in the broad sense, not confined to Catholic or Orthodox or any single denominational rite, but extendable to include epiphanic transformations of little things into holy things in our most everyday experiences.

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