The Call to Radical Theology

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SUNY Press, Jan 2, 2013 - Religion - 211 pages
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In The Call to Radical Theology, Thomas J. J. Altizer meditates on the nature of radical theology and calls readers to undertake the vocation of radical theology as a way of living a fully examined life. In fourteen essays, he explores how the death of God in modernity and the dissolution of divine authority have freed theology to become a mode of ultimate reflection and creative inquiry no longer bound by church sanction or doctrinal strictures.

Revealing a wealth of vital models for doing radical theological thinking, Altizer discusses the work of philosophers such as Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Marion, Derrida, and Levinas, among others. Resources are also found in the work of imaginative writers, especially Milton, Blake, and Joyce. In the spirit of Joyce’s Here Comes Everybody, Altizer is convinced that theology is for everyone and that everyone has the authority to do theology authentically. An introduction by Lissa McCullough and foreword by David E. Klemm help orient the reader to Altizer’s distinctive understanding of the role of theology after the death of God.
 

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Contents

Doing Radical Theology
1
Ancient and Modern Apocalypticism
17
Renewing the Kingdom of God
31
Hegel The Phenomenology of Spirit as Ground of a Uniquely Modern Theology
41
Nietzsche Nihilism and the Illusion of Ethics
51
Heidegger Ereignis and the Nothing
67
Dionysian Theology as a Catholic Nihilism
79
Contemporary French Thinking and the Primordial
87
Modernity and the Origin of Angst
95
Postmodernity and Guilt
107
The Epic Voyage into Apocalypse
121
Adieu The Call to Radical Theology
133
Appendixes
143
Works Cited
163
Index
169
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Thomas J. J. Altizer is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author of many books, including Living the Death of God: A Theological Memoir, also published by SUNY Press.

Lissa McCullough is an independent scholar and coeditor (with Brian Schroeder) of Thinking through the Death of God: A Critical Companion to Thomas J. J. Altizer, also published by SUNY Press.

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