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 takestheological 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 ownincluded. 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 asindifference, 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

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ISBN - 10:0823256952

ISBN - 13:9780823256952


Editorial Reviews

"The Rebellious No is an important and original contribution to contemporary theological thinking. Vahanian's secular theology of language is intense, meditative and brilliant, and culminates in a profound vision of how rebellion and love are inseparable from each other." --Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas