Postmodern Theory and Biblical Theology: Vanquishing Gods Shadow

by Brian D. Ingraffia

Cambridge University Press | January 26, 1996 | Trade Paperback

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This book examines the relationship between postmodernism and Christianity. Postmodernism claims Christianity is ripe for dismantling. Professor Ingraffia argues against the version of Christianity constructed by Nietzsche, Heidegger and Derrida. Attempts to reconcile contemporary critical theory with biblical theology ignore Christianity''s distinct identity. Christianity was, he argues, an unacknowledged influence on Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, and much of postmodernism, thereby demonstrating the priority of the Judaeo-Christian tradition over attempts to displace it.

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Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 in

Published: January 26, 1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10: 0521568404

ISBN - 13: 9780521568401

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Postmodern Theory and Biblical Theology: Vanquishing Gods Shadow

by Brian D. Ingraffia

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 in

Published: January 26, 1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521568404

ISBN - 13: 9780521568401

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Note on translations of the bible; Introduction: Postmodernism, Ontotheology and Christianity: 1. The modernist ground of postmodern theory; 2. Nietzsche/Heidegger/Derrida on ontotheology; 3. Nietzsche/Heidegger/Derrida on Christianity; Part I. Nietzsche''s Mockery: The Rejection of Transcendence: 1. The death of God: loss of belief in the Christian God as the cause of nihilism; 2. Vanquishing God''s realm: Nietzsche''s abolition of the true world; 3. Nietzsche on the Judaeo-Christian denial of the world and the world to come in the New Testament; 5. On redemption: the eternal return or biblical eschatology; Part II. Heidegger''s Forgetting: The Secularisation of Biblical Anthropology: 6. From the death of God to the forgetting of Being; 7. Heidegger''s theological origins: from biblical theology to fundamental ontology; 8. The redemptive-eschatological separation of flesh and Spirit in the epistles of the Apostle Paul; 9. Inauthenticity and the flesh; 10. The eigentlich Selbst or the pneumatikos anthropos; Part III. Derrida''s Denials: The Deconstruction of Ontotheology: 11. From the ends of man to the beginning of writing; 12. Deconstituting the subject; 13. Writing and metaphysics; 14. Reading the law: the Spirit and the letter; 15. Scripture of écriture; the limitations of Derrida''s deconstruction of ontotheology; Conclusion: Ontotheology, Negative and the theology of the Cross: 1. Denials; negating/negative theology; 2. From
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This book examines the relationship between postmodernism and Christianity. Postmodernism claims Christianity is ripe for dismantling. Professor Ingraffia argues against the version of Christianity constructed by Nietzsche, Heidegger and Derrida. Attempts to reconcile contemporary critical theory with biblical theology ignore Christianity''s distinct identity. Christianity was, he argues, an unacknowledged influence on Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, and much of postmodernism, thereby demonstrating the priority of the Judaeo-Christian tradition over attempts to displace it.

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"The strength of Ingraffia''s argument lies in his clear and, on one level, sympathetic exposition of the different but related projects of these three thinkers....With lucid expositions of crucial turns of their arguments and judicious appeals to current scholarship on each figure, Ingraffia shows how Nietzsche and Heidegger derive important concepts by borrowing from christian theology on the one hand and by distorting essential features of that theology on the other....While it may not produce the knid of immediate epiphany experienced by Clarence Wilmot...in any of its readers in reverse, it should unsettle the more thoughful among them in their accustomed confession, ironically echoed by Kierkegaard from Descartes : de omnibus dubitandum est." Walter L. Reed, Philosophy and Literature
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