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In Search of Radical Theology : Expositions, Explorations, Exhortations, Paperback / softback Book

In Search of Radical Theology : Expositions, Explorations, Exhortations Paperback / softback

Part of the Perspectives in Continental Philosophy series


After an important statement entitled "What is Radical Theology?" written as an introduction to the present volume, in which Caputo spells out what he means by radical theology, what follows is a series of recently essays addressed to audiences both academic and non-academic.

Under the flag of what he calls a "radicalization of the Catholic Principle," he offers an account of the resistance Catholicism throws up against its own idea of tradition and places it in juxtaposition Tillich's "Protestant Principle." Several essay examine the implications of Derrida for theology.

Caputo argues that Derrida, who is his "favorite unofficial theologian" and "a devilish knight of faith," is a perfect model for radical theology.

Another piece takes up the unorthodox interest continental philosophers show in Augustine.

Caputo addresses two camps of critics here, some charging him with being an atheist, insinuating that radical theology does not take "real" religion seriously, while the other accuses him of not being an atheist, of just being Augustine redux.

One point running through all the essays is that, unlike modernist dismissals of religion, as a form of deconstruction, radical theology does not debunk but reinvents the theological tradition.

Radical theology is a double deconstruction - of supernatural theology on the one hand and of transcendental reason on the other, and therefore of the settled distinctions between the religious and the secular.

He also address the challenge for radical theology to earn a spot in the curriculum, given that the "radical" makes it suspect among the confessional seminaries and the "theology" renders it suspect among the university seminars.

There is a presentation of radical political theology which discusses theology in Trumptime.

Another essay describes radical theology as a radicalization of hope, and the whole thing concludes with a eulogy to Derrida, written shortly after his death (2004), "to Jacques, who loosened my tongue," Caputo says.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Philosophy of religion
  • ISBN: 9780823289196



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