The Poetics of the Impossible and the Kingdom of God

John D. Caputo

in Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222063
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235605 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Poetics of the Impossible and the               Kingdom of God

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This chapter examines the concept of the Kingdom of God and the poetics of the impossible. It explains that the Kingdom of God follows a divine logic and it may be considered as the impossible, and it contains an odd predilection for reversals. The poetics of the impossible is a discourse that deals with a prophetic concern to contradict the world, to confound its calculations and to interdict its hardness of heart. The poetics of the Kingdom of God is prophetic; it calls for the rule of God and for things to happen in God's way, and not the world's.

Keywords: Kingdom of God; poetics; impossible; divine logic; religious philosophy

Chapter.  6368 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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