The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology

Edited by

Graham Ward

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"Connecting theology to a variety of disciplines and intellectual traditions, this companion provides an exciting sample of the current work of postmodern theologians. Many of the essays are ground-breaking, as the fields of theology and religious thought move forward into the next century. This is a valuable sequel to Ward's The Postmodern God!"

Robert Gibbs, University of Toronto

"If you think you know what postmodern theology is, or think you don't know, either way these remarkable essays will change your mind: written by Jews, Christians and atheists; indebted to Plato, the Bible and Augustine; haunted by Heidegger, Levinas, Foucault and Derrida; dealing with jazz, the Shoah, the ecological crisis, the American prison system and many other topics; some long and patient, others short and cryptic, all asking to be read more than once; . . . You may still not know at the end but you will certainly have seen the variety and vitality of what theologians are doing, in these postmodern times, and the zest with which they do it."

Fergus Kerr O.P., Regent of Blackfriars, Oxford

"Among the delights of this collection are the essays that dare to reconsider some of the 'bad guys' in the official postmodern story: thus Catherine Pickstock endeavours of rescue Plato from his Nietzschean decriers by rereading the Republic through the Laws to offer an account of Plato's politics as liturgical rather than totalitarian; while Jean-Luc Marion even seeks to learn from the much-despised Descartes."

Literature & Theology

"[A] useful and exciting volume, bringing together the work of religious scholars and theologians across a wide spectrum, creating space for their current work independently from a given theme, showing them sometimes in agreement, sometimes in heated argument with each other."

Anglican Theological Review

Blackwell Companions to Religion

The Blackwell Companions to Religion series presents a collection of the most recent scholarship and knowledge about world religions. Each volume draws together newly-commissioned essays by distinguished authors in the field, and is presented in a style which is accessible to undergraduate students, as well as scholars and the interested general reader. These volumes approach the subject in a creative and forward-thinking style, providing a forum in which leading scholars in the field can make their views and research available to a wider audience.


The Blackwell Companion to Judaism

Edited by Jacob Neusner and Alan J. Avery-Peck

The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion Edited by Richard K. Fenn

The Blackwell Companion to the Hebrew Bible Edited by Leo G. Perdue

The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology Edited by Graham Ward

The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism Edited by Gavin Flood

The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology Edited by Peter Scott and William T. Cavanaugh

The Blackwell Companion to Protestantism Edited by Alister E. McGrath and Darren C. Marks

The Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology Edited by Gareth Jones

The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics Edited by Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells

The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics Edited by William Schweiker


The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion Edited by Robert A. Segal

The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity Edited by Ken Parry

The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality Edited by Arthur Holder

The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture Edited by John Sawyer and Paul Fletcher

The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament Edited by David Aune

The Blackwell Companion to Comtemporary Islamic Thought Edited by Ibrahim Abu-Rabi

© 2001, 2005 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Editorial matter and arrangement © 2001, 2005 by Graham Ward

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