Kearney's Endless Morning

Catherine Keller

in After God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225316
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236893 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Kearney's Endless Morning

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This chapter discusses the registers in which Richard Kearney's philosophical theology appears at the forefront of theology. The possible God suggests a third space, a certain kind of posse of theology itself. The discussion responds to his work mainly by way of his Villanova lecture, “Enabling God”. It asks, soliciting the metaphor that ends the lecture — how endless is Kearney's “morning that never ends”? In terms of genre of possible speech about God, Kearney explores what may be called a theopoetics. For this work he does not seek to define the proper style for God talk so much as perform it by example, as in the intensive citation of poetry of his literary circle. It holds that a theopoetics in genre disables divine omnipotence in dogma. In so doing, it enables Kearney's “enabling God,” as a God who enables the creatures in their own creativity.

Keywords: Richard Kearney; theology; possible God; Enabling God; theopoetics; omnipotence

Chapter.  2705 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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