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In this long-awaited work, Ray L. Hart offers a speculative theology that profoundly challenges traditional understandings of God. Drawing on a lifetime of reading in philosophy and religious thought, Hart unfolds a vision of God perpetually in process: an unfinished God. Breaking out of the classical doctrine of divine persons, Hart reimagines Trinity as composed of theogony,” cosmogony,” and anthropogony”an emerging Godhead in relation to origins, temporal creation, and human existence. The book’s ultimate import is that all of Being and Nonbeing emerges together in interrelation and interdependence. This divine reality, Hart explains, is unfinished, imperfect, still in the course of a living-dying process that implicates all things, existent and inexistent, temporal and eternal. Doctrinal closuresomething that every orthodox theology requiresthus becomes impossible, and rightly so. Hart confronts those orthodoxies by asking: How can thinking of God reach closure when the divine is itself unfinished and its appearance to us always amounts to new creation? Hart’s insights open the potencies of the nothing” to the actualization of freedomthe freedom to create. That is, the nothing is not for nothingit is procreative. In the domain of radical speculative theology, then, Hart offers a fully deconstructive revisioning of the Christian God as ever an emerging and self-transfiguring actuality. It is a work with which all serious students of theology will wish to contend.
Number of Pages: 282
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Philosophy
Sub-Genre: Philosophy, Christianity / Theology / General, Religious
Series Title: Religion and Postmodernism
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Ray L. Hart
Street Date: May 9, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-7428
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