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Anatheism: Returning to God After God (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)
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Anatheism: Returning to God After God (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture) by Richard Kearney

Has the death of God paved the way for a new kind of religious project, a more responsible way to seek, sound, and love the things we call divine? The suspension of old traditions and received wisdoms has created a space in which we can encounter religious wonder anew. Situated at the split between theism and atheism, we now have the freedom to choose either faith or nonfaith to explain the things we cannot fathom or prove.Distinguished philosopher Richard Kearney calls this condition ana-theos, or God after God-a moment of creative not knowing that signifies a break with former habits and an opportunity to forge new meanings. Anatheism is an old concept that lies at the heart of every religion, and, by analyzing the roots of our own anatheistic moment, Kearney shows how a return to God is possible for those who seek it and how a more liberating faith can be born. He begins by locating a turn toward religion in contemporary philosophy, focusing on Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Julia Kristeva, and Paul Ricoeur. He then explores religion in the modernist masterpieces of James Joyce, Marcel Proust, and Virginia Woolf. In conclusion, he discusses the role of theism and atheism in conflict and peace, confronting the distinction between sacramental and sacrificial belief, or the God who gives life and the God who takes it away. Accepting that we know nothing about God, Kearney argues, is the only way to rediscover an absent holiness in our lives and to reclaim an everyday divinity.

Author: Richard Kearney

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 272

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Publication Date: 2009-11-19

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