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Thinking through the Death of God
A Critical Companion to Thomas J. J. Altizer
Thinking through the Death of God
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Lissa McCullough - Editor
Brian Schroeder - Editor
SUNY series in Theology and Continental Thought
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Hardcover - 284 pages
Release Date: October 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6219-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6219-5

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Paperback - 284 pages
Release Date: October 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6220-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6220-1

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A critical exploration of the thought of radical theologian Thomas J. J. Altizer, including a response from Altizer and a comprehensive bibliography of his work.

The leading exponent of the "death of God" theology of the 1960s, Thomas J. J. Altizer created a media sensation at the time and defined a major new direction in philosophical theology. Altizer has continued to refine his thought throughout his career, and his systematic theological work has achieved its prime as shown in this collaborative critical response to his thought. This book is also the first collection of its kind to appear in nearly thirty years and, thus, the first to deal with the most sophisticated period of his work. A response from Altizer is included, along with a comprehensive bibliography of his work.

“Perhaps … movements such as Altizer’s are meant to be and can only exist as subversive, counter-cultural movements … if … [his] system in time proves to continue to be … a productive conversation partner both to those doing genuine theology and to those … obsessed with the language of ‘God,’ its legacy will remain authentic to itself for years to come.” — Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory

"This book is a successful treatment of the work of one of the most serious, singleminded, and challenging theologians at work today. Altizer's theology, forty years in refinement, is radical and profound, and to read him is to be forced to think through serious theological issues. The contributions are diverse and of uniformly high quality." — J. Harley Chapman, coeditor of Interpreting Neville and author of Jung's Three Theories of Religious Experience

Contributors include Thomas J. J. Altizer, Edward S. Casey, Janet Gyatso, Ray L. Hart, David Jasper, D. G. Leahy, Alphonso Lingis, Lissa McCullough, Carl A. Raschke, Brian Schroeder, Walter A. Strauss, Mark C. Taylor, and Edith Wyschogrod.

Lissa McCullough is Assistant Professor of Religion at Muhlenberg College. Brian Schroeder is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology and is the author of Altared Ground: Levinas, History, and Violence.


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Table of Contents

Preface
BRIAN SCHROEDER

Acknowledgments

Historical Introduction
LISSA MCCULLOUGH

Abbreviations

1. Rending the Veil of the Temple: The Death of God as Sacrificium Representationis
CARL A. RASCHKE

2. Betraying Altizer
MARK C. TAYLOR

3. Theology as the Thinking of Passion Itself
LISSA MCCULLOUGH

4. Godhead and God
RAY L. HART

5. Absolute Atonement
BRIAN SCHROEDER

6. Crucifixion and Alterity: Pathways to Glory in the Thought of Altizer and Levinas
EDITH WYSCHOGROD

7. The Diachrony of the Infinite in Altizer and Levinas: Vanishing without a Trace and the Trace without Vanishing
D.G. LEAHY

8. Abyssal Absences: Body and Place in Altizer's Atheology
EDWARD S. CASEY

9. Compassion at the Millenium: A Buddhist Salvo for the Ethics of the Apocalypse
JANET GYATSO

10. The Negative Task of Parable: Reading Kafka through the Prism of Altizer's Thought
WALTER A. STRAUSS

11. In the Wasteland: Apocalypse, Theology, and the Poets
DAVID JASPER

12. Kenosis
ALPHONSO LINGIS

A Response
THOMAS J. J. ALTIZER

Comprehensive Bibliography of Thomas J. J. Altizer

List of Contributors

Index



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