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Overview In this clear, concise, and brilliantly engaging essay, renowned philosopher and theologian John D. Caputo addresses the great and classical philosophical questions as they inextricably intersect with theology - past, present, and future. Recognized as one of the leading philosophers, Caputo is peerless in introducing and initiating students into the vital relationship that philosophy and theology share together. He writes, "If you take a long enough look, beyond the debates that divide philosophy and theology, over the walls that they have built to keep each other out or beyond the wars to subordinate one to the other, you find a common sense of awe, a common gasp of surprise or astonishment, like looking out at the endless sprawl of stars across the evening sky or upon the waves of a midnight sea."
A highly engaging essay that will draw students into a conversation about the vital relationship between philosophy and theology.
"In this clear, concise, and brilliantly engaging essay, renowned philosopher and theologian John D. Caputo" "addresses the great and classical philosophical questions as they inextricably intersect with theology--past, present, and future. Recognized as one of the leading philosophers, Caputo is peerless in introducing and initiating students into the vital relationship that philosophy and theology share together. He writes, If you take a long enough look, beyond the debates that divide philosophy and theology, over the walls that they have built to keep each other out or beyond the wars to subordinate one to the other, you find a common sense of awe, a common gasp of surprise or astonishment, like looking out at the endless sprawl of stars across the evening sky or upon the waves of a midnight sea. ""
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.12" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Series Horizons In Theology
Series Number 2
ISBN 0687331269 ISBN13 9780687331260
Availability 0 units.
More About John Caputo
JOHN S. CAPUTO is Professor and Chair, Communication Arts Department, Gonzaga University.
John Caputo has an academic affiliation as follows - Syracuse University, USA.
Reviews - What do customers think about Philosophy and Theology (Horizons in Theology)?
An nice little book... May 31, 2008
This is, as the title of my review (not so) cleverly indicates, a nice little book. Caputo is a master of saying a lot in just a few words, and his writing style is engaging and pleasurable to read. In short--and the book itself is very short--Caputo traces the long and sometimes tortured relationship philosophy and theology have had with one another, and, at each stage, Caputo shows how the two can work together and sometimes damage each other. His review of Descartes was particularly enlightening for me, and he has an interesting discussion of Derrida's "Circumfessions" near the end of the book that, for this reader, was incredibly moving. One could go on and on about particular points, but I am a grad student and have to save my time for writing thoughtful and detailed reviews and such that will never been viewed by anyone but my angry professors. But, to summarize: This is a cheap, short book, you can read it in one-two sittings, and anyone interested in both theology and philosophy (especially lay people or beginners to either discipline) will find much valuable information here. I would save 5-star ratings for absolute classics, however, and this book is fairly new, so 4 stars is, for me, a high compliment.
Very Helpful Resource Mar 7, 2007
Caputo takes the reader on a brief historical journey of the relationship between philosophy and theology. The reader moves from the pre-modern, to the modern, and then to the post modern interaction between these two disciplines.
The conversation certainly is not over at the end of the book. The postmodern relationship between philosophy and theology is in the early stages of being mined for all that is has to offer. This book is a welcome encouragement for those who are not afraid of what that may bring for people of faith and for those outside of the church.
An Excellent and Beautiful Little Book Sep 11, 2006
Imagine a book in which Augustine of Hippo and Jaques Derrida are co-cupids, each aiming their arrows at your heart. Only in the hands of Jack Caputo would this be imaginable. This is a lyrical, incredible, impossible gem of a book. Caputo sings, preaches, waxes philosophic and theologic, and ultimately brings us to in the presence of two giants -- Augustine and Derrida -- each at prayer; what surprises us is that they're praying together. And, if we read carefully, we'll see that this little book is, in fact, Caputo's own prayer. I will read this volume many times.
An Enjoyable but Disappointing Read Aug 31, 2006
An informative, enjoyable and concise history of the inter-relationships between philosohy and theology. Caputo uses beautiful, inspiring phrases with images that will appeal to anyone's 'spritual side'. But, IMO, the conclusion is invalid. The argument seems to be (through an uncritical account of Kuhn): that ultimately science is just another realm of faith and hence religion and philosophy with its science are different but each a valid response to ignorance (with faith providing bonus thrills!). But the limitations of science do not need to be addressed by feelings akin to faith, and anyway such limits do not raise the status of religion. Science employs metaphor and models, it does not require faith though a particular individual may 'believe' an explanation. We still need good reason for any personal 'faith' and, for me, this criteria distinquishes religious faith from science. Caputo seeks his conclusion and hence is not critical enough of his arguments.