Cross and Cosmos

Cross and Cosmos

A Theology of Difficult Glory
John D. Caputo
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-04311-5
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John D. Caputo stretches his project as a radical theologian to new limits in this groundbreaking book. Mapping out his summative theological position, he identifies with Martin Luther to take on notions of the hidden god, the theology of the cross, confessional theology, and natural theology. Caputo also confronts the dark side of the cross with its correlation to lynching and racial and sexual discrimination. Caputo is clear that he is not writing as any kind of orthodox Lutheran but is instead engaging with a radical view of theology, cosmology, and poetics of the cross. Readers will recognize Caputo's signature themes—hermeneutics, deconstruction, weakness, and the call—as well as his unique voice as he writes about moral life and our strivings for joy against contemporary society and politics.

Author Bio

John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor Emeritus of Religion at Syracuse University and David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Villanova University. He is author of many books, including The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event, The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps, Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim, and Truth: Philosophy in Transit.



This work will be eagerly awaited and immediately read byJohn D. Caputo's many followers. They will be looking for him to fill out the "big picture" which makes manifest for the first time all the parts and pieces he has contributed to the theological project he launched early in the previous decade.


 (Carl Raschke, author of Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory)


John D. Caputo brings Luther and cosmology into dialogue with radical theological movements that have their point of departure in deconstruction and that are therefore often not directly concerned with either cross or cosmos. Caputo is always distinctive.


 (George Pattison, author of Eternal God/Saving Time)



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Table of Contents



Introduction: A Completely Different Story, A Theologian Worthy of the Name

Part One: The Cross

1. The Weakness of God: A Radical Theology of the Cross

2. Wounded Glory, Victory in Defeat

3. From Luther to Derrida: A Note on an Unlikely Story

4. The Meaning of Suffering and Political Theology

5. The Cross and the Lynching Tree: The Politics of the Cross

6. From Theology to Theopoetics: An Excursus on Method in Theology

7. Phaenomenologia Crucis: From Transcendence to Transascendence

8. The Existance of God: Unconditional without Sovereignty

9. Deus Absconditus: A God who Deconstructs Himself in His Ipseity

10. The Protestant Principle

Interlude I: The Cloud of Anonymity

Part Two: The Cosmos

11. The Cosmic Cross: The Problem and the Mystery

12. Planetary Entanglement: Cusa, Keller and the Possibility of the Impossible

13. Cosmic Disentanglement: The Cross God Has to Bear

14. Saying What the Thing Is: On Onto-Hermeneutical Events

Interlude II: A Visit to the Planet of the Philosopher

15. Eros and Thanatos: When Love is Worthy of the Name

16. Difficult Glory: The Axial Affirmation

A Concluding Doxology