Theological Poverty in Continental Philosophy: After Christian Theology (Hardcover)

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Colby Dickinson proposes a new political theology rooted in the intersections between continental philosophy, heterodox theology, and orthodox theology. Moving beyond the idea that there is an irresolvable tension at the heart of theological discourse, the conflict between the two poles of theology is made intelligible. Dickinson discusses the opposing poles simply as manifestations of reform and revolution, characteristics intrinsic to the nature of theological discourse itself. Outlining the illuminating space of theology, Theological Poverty in Continental Philosophy breaks new ground for critical theology and continental philosophy.

Within the theology of poverty, the believer renounces the worldly for the divine. Through this focus on the poverty intrinsic to religious calling, the potential for cross-pollination between the theological and the secular is highlighted. Ultimately situating the virtue of theological poverty within a poststructuralist, postmodern world, Dickinson is not content to position Christian philosophy as the superior theological position, moving away from the absolute values of one tradition over another.

This universalising of theological poverty through core and uniting concepts like grace, negation, violence and paradox reveal the theory's transmutable strength. By joining up critical theology and the philosophy of religion in this way, the book broadens the possibility of a critical dialogue both between and within disciplines.

About the Author

Colby Dickinson is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago, USA. He is author of Between the Canon and the Messiah (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Agamben and Theology (Bloomsbury, 2011) and editor of The Challenge of God (Bloomsbury, 2020)
Product Details
ISBN: 9781350177505
ISBN-10: 1350177504
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English