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Hope Without Optimism
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Terry Eagleton is Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of Lancaster. He is the author, most recently, of Culture and the Death of God.

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For years now, Eagleton's work has been 'must-read' across the board. There are theological tomes on hope but nothing that cuts so cleanly and incisively across the disciplines of literary theory, Marxist theory, politics, and theology as does this work. The final chapter is not only a brilliant piece of theology; it is also a very moving essay on what we have to hope for: if not much, still, not nothing. And the difference between something and nothing is the only difference that finally matters. Eagleton shows why that is so.--Denys Turner, Yale University, author of Faith, Reason, and the Existence of God In our predicament every direct optimism is by definition a fake--the only bearers of true hope are those who dare to confront the abyss we are approaching. Hope without Optimism is the best formula of the authentic religion that fits our dark times.--Slavoj  i ek, author of Living in the End Times For years now, Eagleton's work has been 'must-read' across the board. There are theological tomes on hope but nothing that cuts so cleanly and incisively across the disciplines of literary theory, Marxist theory, politics, and theology as does this work. The final chapter is not only a brilliant piece of theology; it is also a very moving essay on what we have to hope for: if not much, still, not nothing. And the difference between something and nothing is the only difference that finally matters. Eagleton shows why that is so.--Denys Turner, Yale University, author of "Faith, Reason, and the Existence of God" In our predicament every direct optimism is by definition a fake--the only bearers of true hope are those who dare to confront the abyss we are approaching. "Hope without Optimism" is the best formula of the authentic religion that fits our dark times.--Slavoj  i ek, author of "Living in the End Times"

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