Erring: A Postmodern A/theology by Mark C. TaylorErring: A Postmodern A/theology by Mark C. Taylor

Erring: A Postmodern A/theology

byMark C. Taylor

Paperback | April 15, 1987

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"Erring is a thoughtful, often brilliant attempt to describe and enact what remains of (and for) theology in the wake of deconstruction. Drawing on Hegel, Nietzsche, Derrida, and others, Mark Taylor extends—and goes well beyond—pioneering efforts. . . . The result is a major book, comprehensive and well-informed."—G. Douglas Atkins, Philosophy and Literature

"Many have felt the need for a study which would explicate in coherent and accessible fashion the principal tenets of deconstruction, with particular attention to their theological implications. This need the author has addressed in a most impressive manner. The book's effect upon contemporary discussion is apt to be, and deserves to be, far-reaching."—Walter Lowe, Journal of Religion
Mark C. Taylor is professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. His most recent book is After God, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Title:Erring: A Postmodern A/theologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 9.02 × 6.02 × 0.7 inPublished:April 15, 1987Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226791424

ISBN - 13:9780226791425


Table of Contents

List of Figures
Part One - "Deconstructing Theology"
. . . Prelude
1. Death of God
Mirror Play: Psychology of Mastery
Utility and Consumption: Economy of Domination
Narcissism and Nihilism
2. Disappearance of the Self
Image, Identity, Imitation
Naming: Propriety, Property, Possession
Uncanniness of Presence: Representation and Repetition
3. End of History
Shadows of Logocentrism: Types and Tropes
Ariadne's Thread: Poetics of History
Saving Presence
4. Closure of the Book
Authorship: Mimesis and Poiesis
Authority: Masterpieces and Tradition
Part Two - Deconstructive A/Theology
5. Writing of God
Divine Milieu: A Middle Way
6. Markings
Dispossession, Impropriety, Expropriation
Anonymity: Spending and Sacrifice
Death, Desire, Delight
7. Mazing Grace
Erring: Serpentine Wandering
Aberrance: Carnival and Comedy
Superficiality: Carnality
8. Erring Scripture
Duplicity: Shiftiness and Undecidability
Spinning: Tissue of Texts
Wordplay: Pens and Needles
Interlude . . .
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From Our Editors

The Erring a/theologian is driven to consider and reconsider errant notions: transgression, subversion, mastery, utility, consumption, domination, narcissism, nihilism, possession, uncanniness, repetition, tropes, writing dissemination, dispossession, expropriation, impropriety, anonymity, spending, sacrificed, death, desire, delight, wandering, aberrance, carnival, comedy, superficiality, carnality, duplicity, shiftiness, undecidability, and spinning.