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Theopoetics of the Possible

B. Keith Putt

in After God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225316
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225316.003.0017

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Theopoetics of the Possible

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This chapter uses radical and ontological metaphor to illustrate the different senses of the possible. It compares theology to a cartography that creates maps to plot a course towards divine revelation and the discovery of God. As Gregory affirms, the progressing along various chosen ways to God, always occurs over rugged topography with steep grades. Yet, if theological maps are drawn and read in the dark, then the journey takes on an even more problematic character, given that reading and writing in the dark results in a dimming of hermeneutical lucidity. In other words, as Charles Winquist insists, theology addresses the knowledge of God by engaging language about God, which in turn demands interpretation. Theological language may strive to realize more specificity or rigor, but it always remains a second-order vocabulary dependent upon the first-order religious language of avowal, that is, the language of faith, testimony, and attestation.

Keywords: theopoetics; theology; Gregory; Charles Winquist; religious language; cartography; divine revelation; God

Chapter.  12169 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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