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Secular Theology brings together new writings by some of America's most influential theological and religious thinkers, providing new resources for philosophical theology. Secular theology is not a contradiction; rather it acknowledges that philosophy and religious reflection are deeply implicated in theology and contemporary culture, and cannot disavow or overcome them. The theologians whose work is gathered together here argue that secularity does not oppose religious practice and belief, but is in fact much concerned with possibilities for thinking about religion and the sacred, God and humanity. The essays in this volume cover such themes as: * postmodern theology * ethics * aesthetics * psychoanalysis * the death of God * medieval theology * literary theory * epistemology These essays set forth an agenda for theological and religious reflection, opening up creative and important possibilities for looking at religion and theology in an encounter with Continental philosophy and Radical Orthodoxy. Secular Theology contextualizes American radical theology from Paul Tillich onwards and points towards new directions for thinking about religion and humanity in the twenty-first century. Leora Batnitzky, Peter Canning, Thomas A. Carlson, Clayton Crockett, James J. Dicenso, Luca D'Isanto, Martin Kavka, Gregg Lambert, Carl A. Raschke, Theresa Sanders, Victor E. Taylor, Gabriel Vahanian,
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Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Clayton Crockett 1. Theology and the secular Gabriel Vahanian 2. Postmodern secular theology Charles E. Winquist 3. A-Dieu to Jacques Derrida: Descartes' ghost or the Holy Spirit in secular theology Carl A. Raschke 4. Anxiety, risk and transformation; re-visiting Tillich with Lacan James J. Dicenso 5. Love and law: John Milbank and Hermann Cohen on the ethical possibilities of secular society Leora Batnitzky 6. On Whitehead's proposition 'Life is robbery': prolegomena to any future ethics Gregg Lambert 7. Saying Kaddish for Gillian Rose, or on Levinas and Geltungsphilosophie Martin Kavka 8. The gift of prayer Theresa Sanders 9. And maker mates with made: world and self-creation in Eriugena and Joyce Thomas A. Carlson 10. Kenotic existence and the aesthetics of grace Luca D'Isanto 11. Theography: signs of God in a postmodern age Victor E. Taylor 12. Contact epistemology for the sites of theology Clayton Crockett 13. Malformed essence, misplaced concreteness, and the law of the indifferent middle Noelle Vahanian 14. God is of (possibility) Peter Canning Index of names

About the Author

Clayton Crockett is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at the College of William and Mary. He is the author of A Theology of the Sublime (Routledge, 2001) and managing editor of the online Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (www.jcrt.org).

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