By G. Pattison
Can theology nonetheless function within the void of post-theism? In trying to resolution this question Agnosis examines the concept that of the void itself, tracing a heritage of nothingness from Augustine via Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to Bataille and Derrida, and dialoguing with Japan's Kyoto university philosophers. it really is argued that neither Augustinian nor post-Hegelian metaphysics have given a passable figuring out of nothingness and that we needs to glance to an adventure of nothingness because the top flooring for destiny non secular lifestyles and suggestion.
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The divine being is God's essence or nature. e. 33 Moreover, being is further identified with goodness, such that God is both being and goodness itself 26 Agnosis: Theology in the Void and, therefore, the source of the being and goodness of all else that is. 34 Thomas did not, of course, monopolize the discourse on nothingness in the Christian Middle Ages. Important and provocative contributions come also from the more radically mystical line of medieval thinking. 35 Yet metaphysical ontology continued to provide a framework within which the basic issues of Christian faith were thought.
Many of Luther's (and Augustine's) views on the freedom or non-freedom of the will are taken up and further systematized by Jean Calvin. Like them Calvin regards Adam as having been created with sufficient freedom to have kept to God's law had he so chosen but that, subsequent to Adam, no one, believer and unbeliever alike, has such freedom. Everything depends on God's inscrutable election. In reading Calvin on this point, it is essential to bear in mind the anti-metaphysical statements that Calvin himself constantly reiterates throughout his Institutes of the Christian Religion (first edition 1536).
But the life of Spirit is not the life that shrinks from death and keeps itself untouched by devastation, but rather the life that endures it and maintains itself in it. It wins its truth only when, in utter dismemberment, it finds itself ... Spirit is this power only by looking the negative in the 48 Agnosis: Theology in the Void face and tarrying with it ... This power is identical with what we earlier called the Subject, which by giving determinateness an existence in its own element supersedes abstract immediacy ...