Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 280
Width: 13.7 cm
Height: 21.4 cm
This study offers a new and original analysis of the problem of religious language. Taking as its starting point Karl Barth's doctrine of analogy, it places this doctrine within the context of German Sprache and Rede philosophies and reveals the historical links between them and the work of the philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. Drawing out the parallels between this work and Barth's insights into the language of theology, it concludes that Barth's doctrine of analogy is a theological reading of Derrida's economy of difference. This important contemporary interpretation of Karl Barth reveals his closeness to postmodern thinking and underlines his relevance to current debates on the language of theology. It will be of interest to those studying both general questions of theology and language and the particular relationship between theology and postmodernism.
'Ward makes available an additional, and arguably essential set of tools for the Christian in today's culture ... An exceptional book that does an excellent job of bringing together several of the leading and most controversial thinkers of our century.' The Expository Times 'When Ward passionately grasps at the question of the importance of language in theology, it is quite clear that this is a book with a clear methodology ... all of the engaging correspondences and complicities the author identifies are, and perhaps will remain, relevant in modern theology.' Literature and Theology