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Jeffrey W. Robbins, In Search of a Non-Dogmatic Theology

 

Philosophical and Cultural Studies in Religion 

 

 

 

Is theology necessarily dogmatic? If not, then what makes theology specifically theological? And what value does theological thinking still have in our postmodern age of religious pluralism, philosophical skepticism, and cultural relativism? 

In Search of a Non-Dogmatic Theology is Jeffrey W. Robbins’ grappling with these central questions and his attempt to give voice to what is emerging as a transformed religious and theological sensibility.  From the philosophical accounting of Nietzsche’s proclamation of the ‘death of God,’ to the cultural ramifications of postmodern pluralism, to the global rise of religious fundamentalism, and to the more recent ‘theological turn’ of phenomenology, the contemporary conditions of theological possibility have been unalterably marked. The non-dogmatic theology Robbins proposes is a post-critical theology that is simultaneously an affirmation of the traditional theological pattern of ‘faith seeking understanding,’ and a radical recasting of that tradition by the realization of the changing structure of faith and the changing fundaments of intelligibility. It is a search that constructively engages the theological legacy of continental philosophical thinkers such as Heidegger, Levinas, Deleuze, and Derrida, cultural theorists such as Žižek and Kristeva, and contemporary theologians and philosophers of religion such as Barth, Marion, Winquist, and Caputo.

 In In Search of a Non-Dogmatic Theology Robbins invites the reader to join him in this timely search for a more relevant and less dogmatic form of theological thinking, one that takes as its starting point not the assurances offered by a blindly accepted faith, but rather the concrete reality of diverging religious traditions and conflicting interests. The non-dogmatic theology he proposes is a post-critical theology that is simultaneously an affirmation of the traditional theological pattern of ‘faith seeking understanding,’ and a radical recasting of that tradition by the realization of the changing structure of faith and the changing fundamentals of intelligibility.

 

 

Contents

 

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One: Re-Placing Theology

Chapter One: The Return of Religion

Chapter Two: Theology in the Ruins

Chapter Three: Theology without Religion?

Part Two: The Step Back

Chapter Four: Heidegger’s Step Back

Chapter Five: Ontotheology: Complications

Chapter Six: The Theological Turn

Part Three: Theology at the Margins

Chapter Seven: The Enlightenment at the Margins

Chapter Eight: The Ethics of Ethics

Chapter Nine: The Law of Religion

Conclusion

Endnotes

Index

 

 

Review

 

 “A theology without God, a God without being, a religion without religion, and an ethics against ethics—that is the daunting, postmodern challenge and the setting in which Jeff Robbins puts forth an uncompromising argument on behalf of theology. Robbins make a plea for a theological thinking that genuinely thinks, that genuinely confronts realitymoral, cultural, and ultimate reality. Defending the possibility of a theology that is neither conservative nor reactionary nor in league with authoritarianism, Robbins leads in a lively style through the thickets of all the major debates in contemporary religious and philosophical thought. The result is a non-dogmatic, pragmatic, pluralistic theology for a postmodern age that adds an important new voice to the current dialogue.”   —  John D. Caputo

 

 

About the author

 

Jeffrey W. Robbins is Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College and Associate Editor of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. He is also the author of Between Faith and Thought: An Essay on the Ontotheological Condition.

 

 

                         

 

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