Divine Enjoyment: A Theology of Passion and Exuberance by Elaine PadillaDivine Enjoyment: A Theology of Passion and Exuberance by Elaine Padilla

Divine Enjoyment: A Theology of Passion and Exuberance

byElaine Padilla

Paperback | December 2, 2014

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This book's theological and philosophical construction of a God of enjoyment poetically remaps divine love. Posing a critique to the Aristotelian unmoved mover whose intellective enjoyment is self-enclosed, this book's affective tones depict a passionate God who intermingles with the cosmos to suffer and yearn out of love- even improper love.

Divine Enjoyment leads the reader to a path of excess, first in the form of an intellective appetite that for Aquinas places God beyond the divine self, then more erotically in the silhouette of a lover whose love is like the delectable pain of mystics. Culminating with banqueting, fiesta, and carnival, the book deterritorializes God's affect, conceiving of an expansively hospitable enjoyment stemming from many life forms

With a renewed welcome for pleasure, the book also upholds a disruptive ethic. Ultimately, an immoderate God of love whose passionate enjoyment stems from the sufferings as well as joys of the cosmos offers another paradigm of lovingly enjoying oneself in relationship with passionate becomings that belong to many others.

Elaine Padilla is Assistant Professor of Constructive Theology at New York Theological Seminary.
Title:Divine Enjoyment: A Theology of Passion and ExuberanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0 inPublished:December 2, 2014Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823263576

ISBN - 13:9780823263578


Editorial Reviews

"Elaine Padilla's book offers a breath of fresh air into a theological discourse that often dwells on suffering and survival, ignoring our desire and attempts to achieve enjoyment. Her theology of enjoyment emphasizes reciprocal and communal relations between God and God's creation. Padilla's poetic, erotic, and aesthetic approach expands theological language about the sacred and offers an alternative metaphysics infused with passion and pleasure."