The Rebellious No: Variations on a Secular Theology of Language
Publisher:Fordham University Press ISBN:9780823256952 Published Date:3rd March 2014 Dimensions:156 X 230 X 22 mm Weight:0.3993 kilograms Pages:176 Binding:Hardcover Condition:New Notes:1st Fordham HB 2014; new mint hb copy in stock for immediate dispatch from the UK
Short DescriptionThis book aims for nothing short than a renewal of theological thinking by extending and radicalizing an iconoclastic and existentialist mode of thought. Meditative and aphoristic instead of argumentative, this book offers an original and constructive engagement with seminal issues such as indifference, belief, madness, and love.
This book aims to renew theological thinking by extending and radicalizing an iconoclastic and existentialist mode of thought. It proposes a theology whose point of departure assumes and accepts the critiques of religion launched by Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, and Feuerbach but nevertheless takes theological desire seriously as a rebellious force working within, but against, an anthropomorphic, phallogocentric worldview.
As a theology of language, it does not claim any privileged access to some transcendent divine essence or ground of Being. On the contrary, for Noelle Vahanian theology is a strictly secular discourse, like any other discourse, but aware of its limitations and wary of great promises-its own included. Its faith is that this secular theological desire can be a force against the constitutive indifference of thought, and it is a meditative act of rebellion. Aphoristic instead of argumentative, this book offers an original and constructive engagement with such seminal issues as indifference, belief, madness, and love.
ReviewThe Rebellious No is an important and original contribution to contemporary theological thinking. Vahanian's secular theology of language is intense, meditative and brilliant, and culminates in a profound vision of how rebellion and love are inseparable from each other. -- -Clayton Crockett * University of Central Arkansas *
"Noelle Vahanian's writing style is pithy, playful, allusive, and often entertaining." -- -James H. Olthuis * Institute for Christian Studies *
God and Being are both words without referents. What is, then, the difference between them ? God is only a version of Being (Heidegger). God is "otherwise than Being" (Levinas). God survives the death of its Being (Vahanian).
Such is the profound paradox of "secular theology". A fascinating achievement.
"The sincerity within Vahanian's style speaks as clearly to the reader as does the style of her meditations on the difficulties of sincerity." -- -Joshua Ramey * Haverford College *