It has long been assumed that the more modern we become, the less religious we will be. Yet a recent resurrection in faith has challenged the certainty of this belief. In these original essays and interviews, leading hermeneutical philosophers and postmodern theorists John D. Caputo and Gianni Vattimo engage with each other's past and present work on the subject and reflect on our transition from secularism to postsecularism. As two of the figures who have contributed the most to the theoretical reflections on the contemporary philosophical turn to religion, Caputo and Vattimo explore the changes, distortions, and reforms that are a part of our postmodern faith and the forces shaping the religious imagination today. Incisively and imaginatively connecting their argument to issues ranging from terrorism to fanaticism and from politics to media and culture, these thinkers continue to reinvent the field of hermeneutic philosophy with wit, grace, and passion.
John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and professor of philosophy at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Villanova University. His most recent books are The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event and Philosophy and Theology.Gianni Vattimo is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Turin and a member of the European Parliament. His books with Columbia University Press are Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue (with Rene Girard), Not Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography, Art's Claim to Truth, After the Death of God, Dialogue with Nietzsche, The Future of Religion (with Richard Rorty), Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and the Law, and After Christianity.Jeffrey W. Robbins is associate professor of religion and philosophy at Lebanon Valley College.
Acknowledgments Introduction: After the Death of God, by Jeffrey W. Robbins 1. Toward a Nonreligious Christianity, by Gianni Vattimo Spectral Hermeneutics: On the Weakness of God and the Theology of the Event, by John D. Caputo 2. A Prayer for Silence: Dialogue with Gianni Vattimo On the Power of the Powerless: Dialogue with John D. Caputo 3. The Death of God: A Deconstruction, by Gabriel Vahanian Notes Index