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Postmodern Theology

Walter Lowe

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199245765.003.0035

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Postmodern Theology

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This article argues that there is a certain madness in Christianity – in a desert God who is jealous and passionate, in a saviour who speaks in apocalyptic terms, in a life of sacrificial love. In principle, a confessional theology should bear the mark of this madness, but the mark or wound must constantly be renewed. Postmodernism at its best is of interest because it helps theology think hard and self-critically, and because it is itself in touch with a certain madness that may just possibly be constitutive of who or what we are. The article examines the dispute over humanism; Hegel and Heidegger; Derrida and différance; Derrida and undecidability; Levinas's view of the ethical as excess; and deconstruction and faith.

Keywords: Christian theology; postmodernism; Kierkegaard; ad hoc alliances; Hegel; Heidegger; Derrida; humanism; Christianity; deconstruction

Article.  7288 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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