The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event

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Indiana University Press, 2006 - Philosophy - 356 pages
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Applying an ever more radical hermeneutics (including Husserlian and Heideggerian phenomenology, Derridian deconstruction, and feminism), John D. Caputo breaks down the name of God in this irrepressible book. Instead of looking at God as merely a name, Caputo views it as an event, or what the name conjures or promises in the future. For Caputo, the event exposes God as weak, unstable, and barely functional. While this view of God flies in the face of most religions and philosophies, it also puts up a serious challenge to fundamental tenets of theology and ontology. Along the way, Caputo's readings of the New Testament, especially of Paul's view of the Kingdom of God, help to support the "weak force" theory. This penetrating work cuts to the core of issues and questions -- What is the nature of God? What is the nature of being? What is the relationship between God and being? What is the meaning of forgiveness, faith, piety, or transcendence? -- that define the terrain of contemporary philosophy of religion.


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User Review  - Rod Buchanan - Goodreads

So far I'm finding a pretty thick read. I would not go nearly as far as Caputo goes, but he stretches your minds and opens it to some new ideas and ways of thinking which I appreciated. Merged review ... Read full review

Review: The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event

User Review  - Nicolas Acosta - Goodreads

This is Caputo's first formal foray into theology. A philosopher by training, Caputo has spent most of his career playing in the sandbox with Heidegger, Kierkegaard and (especially) Derrida, exploring ... Read full review


A Theology of the Event
God without Sovereignty
St Paul on the Logos of the Cross
The Beautiful Risk of Creation On Genesis ad literam Almost
Omnipotence Unconditionality and the Weak Force of God
The Poetics of the Impossible
HyperRealism and the Hermeneutics of the Call
Metanoetics The Seventh Day or Making All Things New
Forgiven Time The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Lazarus Come Out Rebirth and Resurrection
The Event of Hospitality On Being InsideOutside the Kingdom of God
Newly Discovered Fragments on the Kingdom of God from The Gospel of Miriam
A Concluding Prayer

Quotidianism Every Day or Keeping Time Holy
Back to the Future Peter Damian on the Remission of Sin and Changing the Past

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John D. Caputo has been, since 2004, the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. He is also David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Villanova University, where he taught from 1968 until 2004.

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