Intercarnations: Exercises in Theological Possibility by Catherine KellerIntercarnations: Exercises in Theological Possibility by Catherine Keller

Intercarnations: Exercises in Theological Possibility

byCatherine Keller

Paperback | July 3, 2017

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Intercarnations is an outstanding collection of provocative, elegantly written essays-many available in print for the first time-by renowned theologian Catherine Keller.

Affirmations of body, flesh, and matter pervade current theology and inevitably echo with the doctrine of the incarnation. Yet, in practice, materialism remains contested ground-between Marxist and capitalist, reductive and postmodern iterations. Current theological explorations of our material ecologies cannot elude the tug or drag of the doctrine of "the incarnation." But what if we were to redistribute, rather than repress, that singular body? Might we free it-along with the bodies in which it is boundlessly entangled-from a troubling history of Christian exceptionalism?

In these immensely significant, highly original essays, theologian Catherine Keller proposes to liberate the notion of the divine made flesh from the exclusivity of orthodox Christian theology's Jesus of Nazareth. Throughout eleven scintillating essays, she attends to bodies diversely religious, irreligious, social, animal, female, queer, cosmopolitan, and cosmic, highlighting the intermittencies and interdependencies of intra-world relations. According to Keller, when God is cast on the waters of a polydoxical indeterminacy, s/he/it returns manifold. For the many for whom theos has become impossible, Intercarnations exercises new theological possibilities through the diffraction of contextually diverse multiplicities.

A groundbreaking work that pulls together a wide range of intersecting topics and methodologies, Intercarnations enriches and challenges current theological thinking. The essays reach back into feminist, process, and postcolonial discourses, and further back into messianic and mystical potentialities. They reach out into Asian as well as inter-Abrahamic comparison and forward toward a political theology of the Earth, queerly entangling climate catastrophe in materializations resistant to every economic, social, and anthropic exceptionalism. According to Keller, Intercarnations offers itself as a transient trope for the mattering of our entangled difference, meaning to stir up practices of a better planetarity. In Intercarnations, with Catherine Keller as their erudite guide, readers gain access to new worlds of theological possibility and perception.

Catherine Keller is George T. Cobb Professor of Constructive Theology in the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University. Recent books include Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement; On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process; Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming; and E...
Title:Intercarnations: Exercises in Theological PossibilityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 3, 2017Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823276465

ISBN - 13:9780823276462


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Returning God: Gift of Feminist Theology2. "And Truth So Manifold!": Transfeminist Entanglements3. Nuda Veritas: Iconoclash and Incarnation4. Tingles of Matter, Tangles of Theology: Bodies of the New(ish) Materialism5. Confessing Monica: Reading Augustine Reading HisMother. With Virginia Burrus6. Becoming Theopoetic: a Brief, Incongruent History7. Derridapocalypse. With Stephen D. Moore8. Messianic Indeterminacy: A Comparative Study9. "The Place of Multiple Meanings:" The Dragon Daughter Rereads the Lotus Sutra10. The Cosmopolitan Body of Christ. Postcoloniality and Process Cosmology: A View from Bogota 00011. Political Theology of the Earth12. The Queer Multiplicity of BecomingAfter/Word IntercarnateNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Keller at her scholarly best. Intercarnations deals with theological bodies be they female, carnal, animal, vegetal, mineral, cosmological. She generates new and exciting outcomes and possibilities, speaking across disciplines with grace and ease."