Postmodern Theology

Postmodernity allows for no absolutes and no essence. Yet theology is concerned with the absolute, the essential. How then does theology sit within postmodernity? Is postmodern theology possible, or is such a concept a contradiction in terms? Should theology bother about postmodernism or just get on with its own thing? Can it?

Theologians have responded in many different ways to the challenges posed by theories of postmodernity. In this introductory guide to a complex area, editor Kevin f. Vanhoozer addresses the issue head on in a lively survey of what "talk about God" might mean in a postmodern age, and vice versa. The book then offers examples of different types of contemporary theology in relation to postmodernity, while the second part examines the key Christian doctrines in postmodern perspective. Leading theologians contribute to this clear and informative Companion, which no student of theology should be without.

kevin j. vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Illinois. Before that he taught for eight years at New College, University of Edinburgh, where he was Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies. He is the author of Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur {1990), Is There a Meaning in this Text? The Bible, the Reader; and the Morality of Literary Knowledge (1998), First Theology: God, Scripture, and Hermeneutics (2002), and The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Theology {2004). He was also the co-founder and co-chair for many years of the Systematic Theology group in the American Academy of Religion.

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