Jason A. Mahn

in Fortunate Fallibility

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790661
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897391 | DOI:

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series


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This chapter argues that Kierkegaard's hamartiology (understanding of sin) is wholly compatible with postmodern appropriations of his work. More widely, it argues that, at best, Christian language of sin is not modern, moralistic, or “logocentric” (Derrida) but rather serves to destabilize “metanarratives” (Lyotard) and revalue the outcast “other.”

Keywords: sin; hamartiology; Kierkegaard; Derrida; Lyotard; Levinas; deconstruction; postmodern theology

Chapter.  3476 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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