The Insistence Of God: A Theology Of Perhaps

Paperback | September 13, 2013

byJohn D. Caputo

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The Insistence of God presents the provocative idea that God does not exist, God insists, while God's existence is a human responsibility, which may or may not happen. For John D. Caputo, God's existence is haunted by "perhaps," which does not signify indecisiveness but an openness to risk, to the unforeseeable. Perhaps constitutes a theology of what is to come and what we cannot see coming. Responding to current critics of continental philosophy, Caputo explores the materiality of perhaps and the promise of the world. He shows how perhaps can become a new theology of the gaps God opens.

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The Insistence of God presents the provocative idea that God does not exist, God insists, while God's existence is a human responsibility, which may or may not happen. For John D. Caputo, God's existence is haunted by "perhaps," which does not signify indecisiveness but an openness to risk, to the unforeseeable. Perhaps constitutes a t...

John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University. He is author of The Weakness of God (IUP, 2006), which won the American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Constructive-Reflecti...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:September 13, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253010071

ISBN - 13:9780253010070

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Gap God Opens
Acknowledgments
Part 1. The Insistence of God
1. God, Perhaps: The Fear of One Small Word
2. The Insistence of God
3. Insistence and Hospitality: Mary and Martha in a Postmodern World
Part 2. Theopoetics: The Insistence of Theology
4. Theopoetics as the Insistence of a Radical Theology
5. Two Types of Continental Philosophy of Religion
6. Is There an Event in Hegel? Malabou, Plasticity, and "Perhaps"
7. Gigantomachean Ethics: Žižek, Milbank, and the Fear of One Small Word
Part 3. Cosmopoetics: The Insistence of the World
8. The Insistence of the World: From Chiasm to Cosmos
9. As if I Were Dead: Radical Theology and the Real
10. Facts, Fictions, and Faith: What Is Really Real after All?
11. A Nihilism of Grace: Life, Death, and Resurrection
12. The Grace of the World
Notes
Index

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"[T]his is a valuable theological contribution for those with ears to hear.... Recommended." -Choice