Postmodern Theory and Biblical Theology: Vanquishing Gods Shadow

Paperback | January 26, 1996

byBrian D. Ingraffia

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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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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 unack...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:January 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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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 ontotheology to the theology of the cross; Bibliography.