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Postmodernity's Transcending

Devaluing God

Laurence Paul Hemming

In Postmodernity’s Transcending: Devaluing God, Laurence Paul Hemming grapples with the philosophical weakness that characterizes postmodern theory, its privileging of the visual, and its reductive description of the self. He offers a profound challenge to many theologians and philosophers currently articulating questions concerning God, value, and the supposed “nihilism” of the postmodern situation. He does this by examining the origin and trajectory of the aesthetic sublime, beloved of postmodern theologians, philosophers, and theorists of art.

Hemming’s work undertakes on one hand a history of the concept of the sublime; on the other, it explores the limits of theological thinking, where theology is understood either as a practice arising from faith or from thinking alone. By examining concepts like soul, experience, analogy, and truth, Hemming provokes contemporary Christian theology to a more serious engagement with philosophy.

Hemming gives an authoritative genealogy of the predominance of the visual, beginning with the Presocratics and ending in the present. He examines the confrontation with God and the gods to be found in Protagoras, Longinus, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Zizek, and Derrida, and, in the process, offers innovative readings of these thinkers.

A highly original study, Postmodernity’s Transcending: Devaluing God will stimulate considerable discussion about postmodernity, representation, and subjectivity and, in particular, philosophical and theological discussions of the sublime and transcendence.

ISBN: 978-0-268-03102-2
288 pages
Publication Year: 2005

Laurence Paul Hemming is Dean of Research for Heythrop College, University of London.

“This book is thematically rich and philosophically erudite with intricate discussions of themes and authors.” — Theological Studies

“. . . Written with the zeal and authority of a convinced disciple, [the book] compels one to recognize the unique challenge [Heidegger] posed to theology with his critique of metaphysics.” — Modern Theology

“Hemming’s work undertakes on the one hand a history of the concept of the sublime, and on the other, it explores the limits of theological thinking, where theology is understood either as a practice arising from faith or from thinking alone. By examining concepts like soul, experience, analogy, and truth, Hemming provokes contemporary Christian theology to a more serious engagement with philosophy.” — Theology Digest

“Hemming’s prose is a genuine effort to rethink the nature of religious experience in the modern West.” — Journal of Religion

P00787

Heidegger’s Atheism

The Refusal of a Theological Voice

Laurence Paul Hemming

P00926

Restoring Faith in Reason

A New Translation of the Encyclical Letter FAITH AND REASON of Pope John Paul II together with a Commentary and Discussion


Edited by Laurence Paul Hemming and Susan Frank Parsons

P01225

Redeeming Truth

Considering Faith and Reason


Edited by Laurence Paul Hemming and Susan Frank Parsons

P03308

Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council


Edited by John C. Cavadini and Danielle M. Peters

P03279

Work of Love

A Theological Reconstruction of the Communion of Saints

Leonard J. DeLorenzo

P03206

Theo-Poetics

Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Risk of Art and Being

Anne M. Carpenter
Foreword by Peter J. Casarella

Postmodernity's Transcending

Devaluing God

Laurence Paul Hemming

 Postmodernity's Transcending: Devaluing God
Paper Edition

In Postmodernity’s Transcending: Devaluing God, Laurence Paul Hemming grapples with the philosophical weakness that characterizes postmodern theory, its privileging of the visual, and its reductive description of the self. He offers a profound challenge to many theologians and philosophers currently articulating questions concerning God, value, and the supposed “nihilism” of the postmodern situation. He does this by examining the origin and trajectory of the aesthetic sublime, beloved of postmodern theologians, philosophers, and theorists of art.

Hemming’s work undertakes on one hand a history of the concept of the sublime; on the other, it explores the limits of theological thinking, where theology is understood either as a practice arising from faith or from thinking alone. By examining concepts like soul, experience, analogy, and truth, Hemming provokes contemporary Christian theology to a more serious engagement with philosophy.

Hemming gives an authoritative genealogy of the predominance of the visual, beginning with the Presocratics and ending in the present. He examines the confrontation with God and the gods to be found in Protagoras, Longinus, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Zizek, and Derrida, and, in the process, offers innovative readings of these thinkers.

A highly original study, Postmodernity’s Transcending: Devaluing God will stimulate considerable discussion about postmodernity, representation, and subjectivity and, in particular, philosophical and theological discussions of the sublime and transcendence.

ISBN: 978-0-268-03102-2

288 pages

“This book is thematically rich and philosophically erudite with intricate discussions of themes and authors.” — Theological Studies

“. . . Written with the zeal and authority of a convinced disciple, [the book] compels one to recognize the unique challenge [Heidegger] posed to theology with his critique of metaphysics.” — Modern Theology

“Hemming’s work undertakes on the one hand a history of the concept of the sublime, and on the other, it explores the limits of theological thinking, where theology is understood either as a practice arising from faith or from thinking alone. By examining concepts like soul, experience, analogy, and truth, Hemming provokes contemporary Christian theology to a more serious engagement with philosophy.” — Theology Digest

“Hemming’s prose is a genuine effort to rethink the nature of religious experience in the modern West.” — Journal of Religion

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