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

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

Richard Kearney


Has the passing of the previous God lead the way for a brand new form of non secular venture, a extra accountable technique to search, sound, and love the issues we name divine? Has the suspension of dogmatic certainties and presumptions opened an area during which we will come across non secular ask yourself anew? positioned on the cut up among theism and atheism, we have the chance to reply in deeper, freer how one can issues we can't fathom or end up.

Distinguished thinker Richard Kearney calls this ana-theos, or God after God-a second of artistic "not realizing" that indicates a holiday with former sureties and invitations us to forge new meanings from the main historic of wisdoms. Anatheism refers to an inaugural occasion that lies on the middle of each nice faith, a guess among hospitality and hostility to the stranger, the other—the experience of anything "more." by means of studying the roots of our personal anatheistic second, Kearney indicates not just how a go back to God is feasible in case you search it but in addition how a extra freeing religion might be born.

Kearney starts off by means of finding a flip towards sacred secularity in modern philosophy, concentrating on Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Paul Ricoeur. He then marks "epiphanies" within the modernist masterpieces of James Joyce, Marcel Proust, and Virginia Woolf. Kearney concludes with a dialogue of the function of theism and atheism in clash and peace, confronting the excellence among sacramental and sacrificial trust or the God who supplies existence and the God who takes it away. Accepting that we will be able to by no means be certain approximately God, he argues, is the one solution to rediscover a hidden holiness in existence and to reclaim a daily divinity.

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