After the Death of God

John D. Caputo and Gianni Vattimo. Edited by Jeffrey W. Robbins

Columbia University Press

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After the Death of God

John D. Caputo and Gianni Vattimo. Edited by Jeffrey W. Robbins

Columbia University Press

It has long been assumed that the more modern we become, the less religious we will be. Yet a recent resurrection in faith has challenged the certainty of this belief. In these original essays and interviews, leading hermeneutical philosophers and postmodern theorists John D. Caputo and Gianni Vattimo engage with each other's past and present work on the subject and reflect on our transition from secularism to postsecularism.

As two of the figures who have contributed the most to the theoretical reflections on the contemporary philosophical turn to religion, Caputo and Vattimo explore the changes, distortions, and reforms that are a part of our postmodern faith and the forces shaping the religious imagination today. Incisively and imaginatively connecting their argument to issues ranging from terrorism to fanaticism and from politics to media and culture, these thinkers continue to reinvent the field of hermeneutic philosophy with wit, grace, and passion.

What comes After the Death of God? Jeffrey W. Robbins responds in good Kierkegaardian and Bonhoefferian fashion that it is something of a radical postsecular 'resurrection,' one that does not revivify traditional triumphalist ontotheology but breathes life anew into a more 'biblical' and kenotic theology of weakness. He presents an important précis of the post-secular rebirth of religion without religion, of the Kingdom of God as a kingdom of liberation, and of God as an event of incarnational love.

B. Keith Putt, Samford University

Gianni Vattimo, John D. Caputo, Gabriel Vahanian, and Jeffrey W. Robbins are assuring us in this new book that Nietzsche was right at least about two things: the "death of God" and that 'there are no facts, but only interpretations.' Nietzsche's announcement of the 'death of God' is not only valid and alive today, but will also continue to be so in the future. This book assures us that hermeneutical philosophy has taken over the world and that we are living in the 'age of interpretation.'

Santiago Zabala, editor of Weakening Philosophy

In fidelity to the prophetic annunciation of the 'death of God,' these dialogues take one to a second death, the death of that very death, where the questions of theology-or something very like it-can breathe again. Jeffrey W. Robbins has lured John D. Caputo and Gianni Vattimo into an irresistible conversation, all the more remarkable for its lucidity and frankness. This good-humored volume serves either to introduce the religious turn in philosophy or to twist it toward a festive maturity.

Catherine Keller, professor of constructive theology and author of Face of the Deep: a Theology of Becoming

After the Death of God is an incredibly valuable, nuanced, and trend-setting dialogue between two of our most prominent postmodern thinkers. Readers will be delighted with both the richness and surprising turns taken in this unique conversation and will come away with a much better understanding about where postmodernism is now heading.

Carl Raschke, professor of religious studies, University of Denver, and senior editor, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory

Introduction: After the Death of God, by Jeffrey W. Robbins
1. Toward a Nonreligious Christianity, by Gianni Vattimo
Spectral Hermeneutics: On the Weakness of God and the Theology of the Event, by John D. Caputo

2. A Prayer for Silence: Dialogue with Gianni Vattimo
On the Power of the Powerless: Dialogue with John D. Caputo

3. The Death of God: A Deconstruction, by Gabriel Vahanian


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About the Author

John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and professor of philosophy at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Villanova University. His most recent books are The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event and Philosophy and Theology.Gianni Vattimo is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Turin and a member of the European Parliament. His books with Columbia University Press are Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue (with René Girard), Not Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography, Art's Claim to Truth, After the Death of God, Dialogue with Nietzsche, The Future of Religion (with Richard Rorty), Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and the Law, and After Christianity.Jeffrey W. Robbins is associate professor of religion and philosophy at Lebanon Valley College.