By Colby Dickinson
Dickinson strains the improvement of 2 ideas, the messianic and the canonical, as they movement, interweave and contest one another within the paintings of 3 fashionable continental philosophers: Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida and Giorgio Agamben, although a powerful helping forged of Jan Assmann, Gershom Scholem, Jacob Taubes and Paul Ricoeur, between others, additionally play their respective roles all through this examine. He isolates how their a number of interactions with their selected phrases displays a great deal of what's acknowledged in the numerous discourses that represent what we now have comfortably labelled, frequently in mistakenly monolithic phrases, as 'Theology'.
By narrowing the scope of this learn to the dynamics generated traditionally via those contrasting phrases, he additionally seeks to figure out what precisely lies on the middle of theology's possible such a lot valuable item: the presentation past any illustration, the intended precise nucleus of all revelation and what lies in the back of any look for a 'theology of immanence' at the present time.
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Between the Canon and the Messiah: The Structure of Faith in Contemporary Continental Thought (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy) by Colby Dickinson