The Rebellious No: Variations on a Secular Theology of Language by Noëlle VahanianThe Rebellious No: Variations on a Secular Theology of Language by Noëlle Vahanian

The Rebellious No: Variations on a Secular Theology of Language

byNoëlle Vahanian

Hardcover | March 3, 2014

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This book aims to renew theological thinking by extending and radicalizing an iconoclastic and existentialist mode of thought. It proposes a theology whose point of departure assumes and accepts the critiques of religion launched by Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, and Feuerbach but nevertheless takes theological desire seriously as a rebellious force working within, but against, an anthropomorphic, phallogocentric worldview.

As a theology of language, it does not claim any privileged access to some transcendent divine essence or ground of Being. On the contrary, for Noelle Vahanian theology is a strictly secular discourse, like any other discourse, but aware of its limitations and wary of great promises-its own included. Its faith is that this secular theological desire can be a force against the constitutive indifference of thought, and it is a meditative act of rebellion. Aphoristic instead of argumentative, this book offers an original and constructive engagement with such seminal issues as indifference, belief, madness, and love.

Noelle Vahanian is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. She is the author of Language, Desire, and Theology: A Genealogy of the Will to Speak.
Title:The Rebellious No: Variations on a Secular Theology of LanguageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pagesPublished:March 3, 2014Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823256952

ISBN - 13:9780823256952


Editorial Reviews

God and Being are both words without referents. What is, then, the difference between them ? God is only a version of Being (Heidegger). God is "otherwise than Being" (Levinas). God survives the death of its Being (Vahanian).
Such is the profound paradox of "secular theology". A fascinating achievement.