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God and Power: Counter-Apocalyptic Journeys [Paperback]

By Catherine Keller (Author)
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Keller traces America's response to the current national, international, and religious situation to the deeply fraught legacy of Christian apocalypticism. After diving deeply into the multiple and conflicting political and religious meanings of the Book of Revelation, she proposes a counter-apocalypse, an anti-imperial political theology of love.

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The questions raised by use of American power and the advent of an "American empire," Keller argues, reveal a deeply troubled political unconscious that is wrestling with basic religious issues of power, terror, territory, and love.Keller traces our response to the current national, international, and religious situation to the deeply fraught legacy of Christian apocalypticism. Religious and political factions both left and right, she argues, read our situation in apocalyptic terms without truly understanding that complex legacy.After diving deeply into the multiple and conflicting political and religious meanings of the Book of Revelation, she proposes a counter-apocalypse, an anti-imperial political theology of love.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800637275  
ISBN13  9780800637279  

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Catherine Keller is a leading contemporary theologian. She is Professor of Constructive Theology at Drew University, USA, and author of The Face of the Deep.

Laurel C. Schneider works on multiplicity theory and is author of Beyond Monotheism. She is Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture at Chicago Theological Seminary, USA.

Catherine Keller currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Catherine Keller was born in 1953 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Theological School, Drew University Drew University, USA Drew Universi.

Catherine Keller has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

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a breath-of-fresh-air theology for our asthmatic time  Jan 5, 2007
Catherine Keller's book is bold and momentous.

Like other recently published books in this our asthmatic post-9/11 climate
(John Caputo's The Weakness of God and Peter Rollins's How (Not) To Speak of God, to name just two),
Ms Keller likewise offers us a breath-of-fresh-air theology
that is stunningly lucid and as faithful as it is daring (or, as she might say, daring because faithful!).

She not only dexterously deconstructs the prevailing Apocalyptic madness
and its obsessions with hideous endings and imperialistic lusts,
she also delivers a hopeful and lucid vision that can help ignite the global exodus out of empire
and unto terrains that are altogether gracious, generous, and best of all, hospitable to all the living.

The final chapter alone (Democracy of Creation: Chaosmos and Counter Apocalypse) makes this book a must-read. Every poetic-prose line there is packed with awe-inducing thoughts and energizing visions.

Here's a sample:

"...[C]ertainty has permitted the new messianic imperialism.
But given the manifest failure of its projects, we need not despair.
Its certainty proves certainly wrong. Its promises of stability and order are exposed as reckless boasts.
And many who have been blinded by the light of a false certainty learn to see in the dark.
The space opens wider, then, for Wisdom, in whom we learn the humbling old knowledge of our own ignorance.

"This unknowing throws us back upon faith, not as an absolute kind of knowledge,
but as a trustful courage that we require precisely because we cannot have certainty.
Because we are always beginning again.
This would not be a confessionalism that stifles our questions.
Faith is the opposite of fundamentalism.
It thrives in the spirit of a theopoetics that flows beneath and beyond our theopoetics.
For we can in a sense solve the murderous mystery of the abuse of power in the name of divine omnipotence.
It is theology as mystification.
But our theopetics poses a mystery that we do not solve but embrace....

"I suspect poetic language has been better fitted to heal the theopolitical violence of any age.
For in every age the wounds inflicted by certainty ... will be better healed by a discourse of uncertainty than by just another sure truth.
A counter-apocalyptic truth is all the more truthful because it does not cease to question itself.
But it will be a truth in the making, a risk-taking creativity rather than a reckless absolute."

Yes and yes and Amen!

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