Vattimo and Theology
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 200
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
An examinations of Vattimo's work asking to what extent his insights present new challenges to Christian thought. Gianni Vattimo, who has long been a prominent postmodern European philosopher, has recently taken a more significant interest in religion. His claim is that postmodern philosophy, with its incisive critique of rationalist, objectifying ways of thinking, can help religion once again find a voice in a largely disinterested Europe and an often fundamentalist America. To accomplish this, Vattimo contends, religion must attend to certain contemporary philosophical themes that, he argues, are ultimately consistent with biblical intentions. To this end, Vattimo employs his theoretical insights on themes such as: the nature of modernity/post modernity, the importance of 'weak' as opposed to 'strong' thought, the dissolution of metaphysics; and the end of the authoritarian, moralistic God. This book will examine the entire range of Vattimo's work asking to what extent his insights present new challenges to Christian thought. "The Philosophy and Theology" series looks at major philosophers and explores their relevance to theological thought as well as the response of theology.
"'Vattimo and Theology works effectively as an introduction to the key themes and concepts from Vattimo's post-metaphysical weak thought and distinctly postmodern faith, and also provides a constructive and critical dialogue that calls to question what Guarino ultimately concludes is the axiomatic nature of Vattimo's thinking.' Jeff Robbins, Department of Religion & Philosophy, Lebanon Valley College, USA"