Modern Believing

THE DEATH AND DECAY OF GOD: RADICAL THEOLOGY AND EMERGING CHRISTIANITY

Modern Believing (2016), 57, (3), 253–265.

Abstract

Radical theology has an intellectual heritage that can be traced to the idea of the death of God in western philosophy, and Christian theologemes remain of conceptual interest to a number of continental philosophers and philosophers of religion because this religion is, to quote Slavoj Žižek, ‘the religion of a God who dies’. I introduce readers to re-conceptions of the theologeme ‘God’ by John D. Caputo and Slavoj Žižek and illustrate how philosophical interest in Christianity is inspiring religious discourse and communal practices that aim performatively to enact the death and decay of God.

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Rollins, P. (2011a) Insurrection: To Believe is Human; To Doubt, Divine. New York: Howard Books. Insurrection: To Believe is Human; To Doubt, Divine Google Scholar

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Žižek, S. (2010) Living in the End Times. London: Verso. Living in the End Times Google Scholar

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