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Theology and Contemporary Critical Theory
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Outlining the four fundamental concerns in the study of theology with representation, history, ethics and transcendence, this book examines each of these concerns in the light of contemporary critical theory. What becomes evident, as the theological implications of various critical theories are assessed, is the challenge and provocation to the study of theology presented by these thinkers. The book points the way to the future of theological study within a cosmos re-enchanted by postmodernism. The fifth edition of the text has been completely revised to take account of more recent work by the theorists discussed in the first edition. In addition, the work of four other critical theorists is examined: Judith Butler, Michel de Certeau, the New Historicists and Jean Luc Nancy.
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Table of Contents

1 Theology and representation: introduction; Jacques Derrida; Luce Irigaray; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; Judith Butler; theological implications. 2: Theology and history: introduction; Paul Ricoeur; Hayden White; Michel Foucault; new historicism; theological implications. 3 Theology and ethics: introduction Julia Kristeva; Emmanuel Levinas; Jean Luc Nancy; theological implications 4 Theology and ethics: introduction; Stanley Fish; Jean Francois Lyotard; Cixous; Michel de Certeau; theological implications. Conclusion - theology and the re-enchantment of the world.

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Graham Ward is author of "Barthes, Derrida and the Language of Theology" (1995) and "Balthasar at the End of Modernity". He has edited "The Postmodern God, Radical Orthodoxy" and the "Certeau Reader".

About the Author

GRAHAM WARD is Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics at the University of Manchester. He is author of Barthes, Derrida and the Language of Theology (1995) and Balthasar at the End of Modernity (199). He has edited The Postmodern God, Radical Orthodoxy and the Certeau Reader.

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'...the uninitiated enquirer will find here lucid and compelling introductions... the book is invaluable. But the initiated specialist will also find much of value, for the implications for theology are wide and far reaching.' - Gavin Hyman, New Blackfriars 'Graham Ward...in his short, extremely useful and perceptive Theology and Contemporary Critical Theory offers a generous and appreciative reading of fashionable theorists - above all, of Derrida - and the challenge and opportunity they offer to theology.' - Gerard Loughlin, Times Literary Supplement

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