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Desire, Faith, and the Darkness of God


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Eric Bugyis is lecturer in religious studies at the University of Washington at Tacoma. David Newheiser is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian Catholic University.


"Instead of settling the stale dispute over whether religion is rationally justified, their work suggests instead that Christian life is an ethical and political practice impassioned by a God who transcends understanding." -- Studies in Spirituality
"A darkly sparkling set of essays, diverse in discipline and in desire, each affirming some intense potentia of negative theology for contemporary conversation. That its stimulation of new exchanges between theism and atheism, cosmology and history, mysticism and Marxism, language and silence, will succeed seems assured by Turner's concluding performance of an apophatic art of failure." -- Catherine Keller, The Theological School, Drew University
"Denys Turner is a rare intellectual witness to philosophies of love and justice from mysticism to marxism and beyond. This rich and engaging volume is fitting testament to his extraordinary influence on new generations of thinkers and scholars. Tackling such crucial questions as theodicy, divine eros, and the perennial struggle between faith and reason, philosophy and theology, the contributors shed new light on ancient problems. The exchange between Turner and Eagleton is a very special gem to be treasured." -- Richard Kearney, The Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College
Desire, Faith, and the Darkness of God is a testament to the range of Denys Turner's influence and the varieties of modes of argumentation with which his work is conversant. The volume will be read with pleasure by scholars in the history of Christianity, particularly of Christian mysticism, Christian theologians, and philosophers of religion, as well as scholars across a range of subdisciplines. -- Amy Hollywood, Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies, Harvard Divinity School
"Turner ends the volume with one of the most inspired essays one will ever come across: "How to Fail, or 'The fine delight that fathers thought'." Characteristically eloquent of speech and elegant of mind, this remarkable little essay begins by ruminating on the travails, often self-imposed, of the academy and then shows how the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins shows both the cost of those travails and the possibilities that always remain insofar as the desire for more goes on." -- The Anglican Theological Review
"This is the most distinguished collection of essays in honour of Denys Turner... [A] detailed and concentrated reading of the essays in this splendid collection should provide refreshment for considerable time to come." -- Theology
"No scholar could wish for a finer tribute to his success as a teacher as this book provides. Students of Denys Turner, and experts in his field, come together in this volume to provide fascinating contributions to the theological and philosophical topics that have engaged him throughout his academic life. And, like Turner, they all show how thoughtfulness and argument can trump rhetoric." -- Brian Davies, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

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