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Postmodern theory and biblical theology : vanquishing God's shadow

This book explores the relationship between postmodernism and Christianity. Postmodernism regards Christianity as capable of being dismantled and demystified through an uncovering of its strict dualisms between body and soul, the temporal and the transcendental. Professor Ingraffia argues against the version of Christianity constructed by Nietzsche, Heidegger and Derrida. Through an exegesis of the New Testament, and wide reference to philosophers and theologians, Ingraffia argues that biblical theology must be separated from Greek and Modern metaphysics. He demonstrates how any attempted reconciliation between contemporary critical theory and biblical theology is radically misguided. Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida and many other representatives of post-modern thought have, he argues, actually absorbed the Judaeo-Christian tradition, thereby demonstrating its priority over secular attempts to displace it. Drawing upon the writings of Luther, Kierkegaard, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Niebuhr and Moltmann, Ingraffia argues that an "either/or" must be articulated between postmodern theory and biblical theology
Print Book, English, 1995
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995
xvi, 284 pages ; 23 cm
9780521471367, 9780521568401, 0521471362, 0521568404
Introduction : postmodernism, ontotheology, and Christianity
Nietzsche's mockery : the rejection of transcendence. The death of God : loss of belief in the Christian God as the cause of nihilism ; Vanquishing God's realm : Nietzsche's abolition of the true world ; Nietzsche on the Judaeo-Christian denial of the world ; The redemptive-eschatological separation between the present world and the world to come in the New Testament ; On redemption : the eternal return or biblical eschatology
Heidegger's forgetting : the secularization of biblical anthropology. From the death of God to the forgetting of being ; Heidegger's theological origins : from biblical theology to fundamental ontology ; The redemptive-eschatological separation of flesh and Spirit in the epistles of the Apostle Paul ; Inauthenticity and the flesh ; The eigentlich Selbst or the pneumatikos anthropos
Derrida's denials : the deconstruction of ontotheology. From the ends of man to the beginnings of writing ; Deconstituting the subject ; Writing and metaphysics ; Reading the law : the Spirit and the letter ; Scripture or écriture : the limitations of Derrida's deconstruction of ontotheology ; Conclusion : ontotheology, negative theology, and the theology of the cross